Healthy Eating Can Cost Less

Is it really more expensive to eat healthy?

According to a study released by the USDA last week,  it is actually less costly to consume fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods than foods high in saturated fat, sugar, and sodium.

This is what they found:

  •  Foods low in calories for a given weight tend to have a higher price when the price is measured per calorie—vegetables and fruits without added fat or sugar are low in calories and, by this metric, tend to be a very expen- sive way to purchase food energy.
  • Conversely, still using the price-per-calorie measure, less healthy (moderation) foods high in saturated fat and/or added sugars tend to be high in calories and have a low price per calorie.
  • However, when measured on the basis of edible weight or average portion size, vegetables and fruit are less expensive than most dairy, protein, and moderation foods.
This is in contrast to what most consumers currently believe that they cannot afford to eat healthy.  However, it would actually be cheaper to to consume a nutritionally balanced meal based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines and ChooseMyPlate.gov than junk food.

Resource: http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/EIB96/EIB96.pdf

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Author: gogirldiet

Registered Dietitian at gogirldiet.com

1 thought on “Healthy Eating Can Cost Less”

  1. Reblogged this on GoGirlDiet Blog and commented:

    Another new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Volume 116, November 2016 concluded that improved diet quality was not associated with increased cost.

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