Be sure to check out this article in the New York Times, which was published last week.
Researchers compared food costs by calorie. How do you get 500 calories for really cheap? Go to a vending machine, insert .75, and buy an Olde New England Brownie. Yum.
Try to spend three quarters on 500 calories with real nutritional value. It’s hard.
“Although fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients, they also contain relatively few calories. Foods with high energy density, meaning they pack the most calories per gram, included candy, pastries, baked goods and snacks.” , according to the article.
Researchers found that “energy-dense munchies cost on average $1.76 per 1,000 calories, compared with $18.16 per 1,000 calories for low-energy but nutritious foods.”
If you’re broke and hungry, you might lean toward buying those energy-dense foods. And, you’ll be more likely to have health problems including weight gain if you do.
According to the article, “a 2,000-calorie diet would cost just $3.52 a day if it consisted of junk food, compared with $36.32 a day for a diet of low-energy dense foods.”
The article explained that average Americans spend $7 per day on food, while low-income folks spend $4.
Their study shows that it really does cost more to eat healthy.
I saw the Times story linked on Smart Spending.