I was talking about nutrition and our food supply yesterday with some new friends. One, in possession of a 1.3-ounce bag of low fat soy crisps, asked what I ate for a snack.
“Organic raw nuts,” I said. “They are pretty cheap.”
“What? They are so expensive!” another said.
I pointed to the weight written on the bag of crisps.
“How much did this bag cost?” I asked.
“I’m not sure,” the owner responded. “I think about $2.”
“So that’s about $24 per pound,” I said, figuring out loud that 12 1.3-ounce bags got us to about one pound. “Organic raw almonds are $8 per pound in bulk at Whole Foods.”
Silence from my new friends.
“One handful of nuts—a couple ounces—fills you up,” I said. “And what do you need to do after you eat that bag of soy crisps?”
“Eat something,” a third said.
Exactly. Add the fact that walnuts and almonds are infinitely healthier than any soy crisp—no matter what the package claims—and $8 a pound for organic raw nuts is truly a bargain.