The Difference Between Eating Healthy Or Not Is $1.50 Per Day
Most of us have heard that it costs more to eat healthy food than unhealthy food, but we never knew how much more. Now we do. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have concluded that the healthiest diets cost about $1.50 more per day than the least healthy diets. How do they know? An HSPH news release reports that the researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 27 existing studies from 10 high-income countries that included price data for individual foods and for healthier vs. less healthy diets. They evaluated the differences in prices per serving and per 200 calories for particular types of foods, and prices per day and per 2,000 calories (the United States Department of Agriculture’s recommended average daily calorie intake for adults) for overall diet patterns. The bottom line: healthier diet patterns—for example, diets rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, and nuts—cost more than unhealthy diets (for example, those rich in processed foods, meats, and refined grains) but not much more. On average, a day’s worth of the most healthy diet patterns cost about $1.50 more per day than the least healthy ones.