Healthy Eating Can Cost Less

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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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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.
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Want to Eat Like a GrEEK ? Mediterranean Diet Plan

The Mediterranean Diet continues to be associated with a positive effect on cardiovascular health. A recent study of postmenopausal women who adhered to the Mediterranean Diet had favorable lipid improvements.  The study participants were educated by a Registered Dietitian (RD) to incorporate 3 T EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) daily, 3-5 servings per week of fatty fish (wild caught salmon or tuna), 1.5 oz. walnuts daily, and whole grains in place of processed grains.  After 12 weeks, the women had lower triglyceride levels and improved HDL cholesterol levels.

 

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What is the Mediterranean Diet?

It is the eating pattern of at least 16 countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.  Multiple research studies have demonstrated that adhering to a Mediterranean Diet Plan  does reduce the risk of heart disease.  It has also been shown to in fighting other medical conditions associated with chronic inflammation, such as, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and cognitive disorders.

The Mediterranean Diet is considered as a heart healthy meal plan and includes the following characteristics:

  • An abundance of food from plant sources, including fruits, vegetables, potatoes, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds.
  • Olive oil as the principle fat, with total fat ranging from 25% to 35% of total calories, with no more than 7% from saturated fat.
  • Daily consumption of low to moderate amounts of cheese and yogurt.
  • Twice weekly consumption of low to moderate amounts of fish and poultry; up to 7 eggs per week (including those…

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