The Price of Health: New Study Reveals The Real Cost of Eating Healthy
BY JUSTIN FAERMAN
Among the reasons most frequently cited for not eating more healthfully is that it is simply too expensive compared to the cost of a conventional diet—that is, one with significantly less emphasis on freshness and food quality. And it’s true; organic, unprocessed, whole
The study, which is the most comprehensive of its kind assessing the price differences between dietary choices, found that eating healthy, which they define as rich in fresh, unprocessed foods such as fruits, vegetables, fish and nuts, costs approximately $550 more per year than eating unhealthily, which they defined as a diet focused primarily on processed foods, meats and refined grains. That breaks down to $45.83 per month or just $1.53 per day.
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“This price difference is very small in comparison to the economic costs of diet-related chronic diseases, which would be dramatically reduced by healthy diets,” said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, the study’s senior author and associate professor at Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School.