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2/22/11 4:05 P

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Love fresh veg....they are my main groceries these days....

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2/17/11 2:50 P

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I am beginning to like vegetables better in their own natural state. After years of eating right! While I have thrown over dressings, long ago; I still used to stick sweet pickles on them if they weren't naturally non-bitter/non-pungent ...

I think the scale likes this, sort of. It takes more than just ferreting out the hidden sugars in condiments--and rejecting their use in order to make the veggies taste better.


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2/16/11 10:55 P

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I'll admit at this time of year fruit and veggies are harder to get grown locally so the quality is lower and the cost is 2-3x more. I do however watch ads carefully and stock up on what is o sale.

for instance, this week the grocery store has fresh broccoli for $1.00 a lb.

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2/16/11 7:44 P

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I don't get enough fresh veggies in but I do buy fresh fruits love them prices are / can be a little high but when you look at it they are no more then a bag of chips that I see people buying (I'm a cashier @ walmart) I have seen low income (on EBT) spend 150 bucks on junk foods cakes candy cookies & ice cream and no fresh produce at all very sad

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2/16/11 6:17 P

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Fangfacekitty I agree with you. The Walmart's in my area are not good with their produce, even it is in season. I usually buy from one of our other grocery stores when products we like are on sale.



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Bongobette, I want to come eat at your house. My mouth is watering...

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2/16/11 9:17 A

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Interesting article. But I think part of the problem is our grandparents didn't eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, didn't serve them regularly, didn't always have access. So our parents didn't learn to appreciate them, and didn't serve them regularly. So that is how we were raised. My SO grew up in a truck farm community, and ate vegetables growing up, and is always willing to try them. The only fruit he will eat is bananas. I grew up in a house where bananas, oranges, and apples were always available in a fruit bowl, and mom had to tell us we were only allowed two a day. I always have fruit around, but my SO never touches it.

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I prefer Farmers Markets, but they are seasonal here so Walmart or local groc. stores have to suffice. We check the papers for best prices altho I have to admit that I will buy cherries without even looking at the price which is always outrageous.

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2/15/11 11:34 P

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I live in an area with a lot of farm stands and farmer's markets. I plan to explore then all this spring and summer.

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I LOVE veggies--thank you Mom and Dad. We are fortunate to belong to a CSA and get really dynamite veggies from June through Feb. We picked up our last from the farm last Sat--once they are cooked and eaten its back to the greengrocer and anywhere else that I can find good stuff. I follow the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen guides generally. I love to cut, chop and cook and my husband loves to eat. He is game for most any vegetable as well as whole grains. So there are no food fights in the house. I am a lucky home cook. Tonight we had brown rice, ww cous cous, red chard with garlic, spinach with garlic,3 bean salad, corn salad and cole slaw to pick from. YUM!

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2/15/11 9:41 P

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I try to buy whatever fruits and vegetables are in season as they are fresher and have a better taste.
(Frequently more cost effective too...)
I guess I'm lucky because I love fruits and vegetables, although I'm not always good about getting them prepared..

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2/15/11 9:02 P

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If they are looking at just Walmart no wonder their conclusions are skewed. I would never buy produce from Walmart, it is nasty. Fruit flies & other bugs flying around, rotting fruit mixed in with the rest.

This is what I have personally experienced at my local Walmart.

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I make it a point to have both fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and veggies in my home at all times. If its something I know we will be eating a lot of in meals I look for the bulk items in Sams Club and once the Farmer's Markets reopen will be looking for what's in season and buy some that way too.

Also with concerns to rising costs of food, I plant a garden each summer and go berry picking with my husband & son at local farms to insure freshness, family time, and stock up for the year.



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2/15/11 8:51 P

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I disagree. Its a price thing in my house. I don't buy grapes at $1.50 a pound up. I have to wait for them to be $0.99 a pound. Sometimes I get them at $1.28 a pound but then give up something else. I've seen watermelon at $5 during the growing season. I believe that is crazy high. Fresh Fruits and Veggies are higher. Worth it yes. I do believe so but affordable not so much. When I get spinch, I wait for a manager's special at Kroger's. I try to get sales or I have to pass on fresh.

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2/15/11 8:49 P

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I got a chuckle out of this even though it is sad but true. I personally don't eat enough veggies, although I eat more fruits. The price is not the issue. I even like them to a degree. I just can't seem to deal with the management of them. Especially in the winter. In the summer, I live near several farm markets, and can buy frequently just what I need and go back for more, but in the winter, I can't keep them well enough. I usually get by with frozen or canned. I do eat lots of tomatoes, onions, celery in soups and stews.


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I love Brussels Sprouts and eat lots of veggies & fruit.

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2/15/11 8:21 P

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It's sad what people miss out on. Not only the nutrition -- many veggies are downright delicious.

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Excerpted from journalist Daniel Akst:

Everyone likes a bargain So as part of a laudable five-year initiative to make foods it sells healthier, Wal-Mart stores plans to cut the price of its fruits and vegetables. The hope is that people will then buy more of them.
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There is a story going around out there that many Americans aren't eating healthy foods because they can't afford it. ..
But the great majority of Americans - not just the poor - aren't eating healthy, and most are affluent enough not to be bothered by the cost of carrots and squash ...

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, for example, publishes a newsletter called Amber Waves, which reports on the agency's economic research. ... The USDA economists report that fruit and vegetable purchases aren't very sensititve to price - and neither are snack food purchases, which is why subsidizing arugula and taxing Cheetos are likely to be equally ineffective. In a 2008 study, USDA economists looked at households below 130 percent of the poverty line (a cutoff for food stamps) and found that small increases in income were not spent on fruits and vegetables. "These foods do not appear to be a priority for most low-income households," the authors wrote.

In households earning up to 185 percent of the poverty line, a 10 percent increase in income did lead to higheer spending on fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, the increase was less than 2 percent - which is awfully close to zero..
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Another USDA report (reflecting that the problem is not really lack of access to produce sellers) notes that just 2.2 percent of households live more than a mile from a supermarket adnd lack access to a vehicle (to get them there). In other words, 98 percent of American families either live near a supermarket or can drive to one.

On top of all this, Wal-Mart's prices for produce, like all the other groceries it sells, are already quite low. That's probably why it's by far the nation's leading grocer.
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Human behavior is hard to change - particularly when eating is involved. Let's face it: Americans aren't avoiding healthy foods because we can't afford them. We love a bargain, sure. Just not on Brussels sprouts.


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