Wholesome Food without the Whole Paycheck
Written by: Mexperience
Published: Monday, May 2, 2011
Have you noticed the rising costs of fresh food? Unusual as it may seem, highly processed foods are now strikingly less expensive than more wholesome foods like fresh fruit and vegetables. If the fresh foods you like to eat are imported to your country, you’ll have seen a huge jump, as the transportation costs (and in some countries, carbon taxes) are making a significant contribution to the increase of prices these food types.
Expats living in Mexico enjoy locally-produced fresh foods at prices which are lower than the U.S. and Europe. In part, it’s because Mexico is a huge producer of fruits and vegetables, and so these foods are readily available to local consumers. What’s more, the food is much fresher, it may not have to be refrigerated, and its transportation costs are much lower. In fact, most of the fruits and vegetables which are really expensive overseas, like avocados, limes, mangos and papaya are readily available at lower prices in Mexico because they are all grown locally.
Provided you are willing to simplify your diet by eating more fresh food and buying less processed food, you can cut your food bill dramatically by living in Mexico. “Luxury” food items, like imported European cheeses, wines and imported spirits, cured hams, and other specialty foods tend to cost the same or more in Mexico than in the U.S. and Europe. In fact, if you’re one of increasing number of people who are looking carefully at the foods you eat, and discovering that buying fresh foods is costing you more than eating processed or ‘junk’ foods, you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise in Mexico, as all the basic fresh staples including vegetables, fruits, beans, pulses and corn will cost you less here.
If you want to learn more about the price of foods (and other goods and services) in Mexico, download the Mexico Cost of Living Report. It contains a comprehensive analysis that will enable you to consider your purchasing choices and make a detailed comparison of prices between foods, goods and services in your home country and those in Mexico.