Sunday, September 21, 2008

THE COST OF BEING HEALTHY



We all know that eating organic food is more expensive than eating regular food. Smaller farms with lower yields per acre, sustainable farming, organic fertilizers, etc., etc. All fair and valid reasons why healthy foods are more expensive.



What tops that difference in price however, is living gluten free. A recent study at the Dalhousie Medical School & University by a couple of researchers, has produced a maybe shocking, but not surprising result. The average cost of buying gluten free foods compared to regular fare is 242% higher.





242%





A staggering percentage. A number that is even more shocking when you think of it that eating organic is a choice more so than a necessity. Eating Gluten Free for Celiacs is not. No choice. It is a must. Do or get sick.


There is a debate of tax deductions for Celiacs because of this very increased cost of basic needs, but I feel that the debate is disjointed at best. Lots of questions, some answers, but no real lobby or grassroots movement is solid behind this discussion to achieve a more uniform, maybe upfront solution for Celiacs. Who really wants to collect all the receipts, calculate increased costs item by item and then get questioned, or worse, audited by the tax authorities.


Maybe this 242% should be the guideline for a tax credit to Celiacs? Or is it too simple? Curios what you think.



Here is the write up:


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18783640?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DiscoveryPanel.Pubmed_Discovery_RA&linkpos=1&log$=relatedarticles&logdbfrom=pubmed



P.S. I would like to thank Alison from Sure Foods Living, where I first read this story. Here is a link to her great Blog:







1 comment:

ellorneo said...

Wow! That is a huge markup. I've noticed that organic food is so much more pricey than regular food, same goes for healthy choices. A bag of chips is $1.00, but a pound of apples is $1.50! It's easy and cheap to eat unhealthy. I think tax credits are due, but there is such hassle in doing that kind of stuff. But I suppose if it pays off that markup, it would be well worth the time!