“It’s not my fault that chicken tastes better fried… maybe with a waffle,” said entertainment blogger Kid Fury, who shared his thoughts on his YouTube channel today. While he might have a point regarding lifestyle habits, is buying or eating healthy food more expensive? Well, yes, it is, but it might not be as costly as you think.
Last year, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health looked into this claim, and they found that healthy diets cost a minuscule amount more than unhealthy diets. While the results of this research do show that fruits, veggies, and fish raise the cost when food shopping as opposed to processed meals and refined grains, it’s not by a significant amount.
“Swapping out some of these less expensive, and less healthy foods, for fresher and more nutritious ones added up to only about $1.50 more per day,” Time Healthland reported.
The researchers note that while this cost might not seem too steep, it might pose an issue for those with lower incomes.
“Over the course of a year, $1.50 [per] day more for eating a healthy diet would increase food costs for one person by about $550 per year.” said senior study author Dariush Mozaffarian, an associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. This would of course be a burden for some families.
And while it might be true that “no one has time for the cost of alfalfa sprouts, and quinoa and tofu turkey nuggets every day,” swapping out healthy substitutes can impact your health in a positive way.