Healthy Food is More Expensive, Study Finds

There’s a big monetary difference between buying healthy and unhealthy foods

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Eating healthy is significantly more expensive than eating unhealthy.

We’ve long suspected that eating healthy is significantly more expensive than eating unhealthy, but it’s now been proven by a study conducted by the British Medical Journal.

The study found that a day’s worth of unhealthy food is $1.50 cheaper than a day’s worth of healthy. Added up, that amounts to nearly $550 per year.

This number compares a nutritionally sound meal containing fruits, vegetables and fish with a fully processed meal containing refined carbs and meat.

Sweets, snacks and grains showed a $0.03 to $0.12 price difference than healthier options per serving. The biggest difference was seen in meats and proteins, amounting to $0.29 per serving.

Not everyone can afford to pay extra money to eat a healthy meal. So how do we deal with this?

Doug Rauch, the former CEO of Trader Joe’s, mentioned back in September that he was planning to open a grocery store called The Daily Table that would sell expired (but still safe and edible) food for around $1. This includes soups, salads and packaged chopped vegetables that would have otherwise been thrown out.

Though this could help, Rauch’s project will not be ready until sometime next year.

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Illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, pancreatic cancer and more are linked to unhealthy food. There needs to be some way to have healthier foods available without breaking the bank.