Eating Healthy Will Cost You an Additional $550 Per Year
If you want to eat healthy, then you have to spend more money. This is according to a research concluded by HSPH (Harvard School of Public Health). Although there have been other similar researches; so far this is the most comprehensive. The research also determined that the exact cost difference between the healthiest and the least healthy diet is $1.50 per day, which is around $550 per year on average. According to lead author Mayuree Rao, most people tend to complain about the bigger budget burden associated with healthier foods with it limiting the possibility of picking up better dietary habits. Rao further emphasized how the research has not only provided and evaluated evidence to back up this idea, but also an actual cost difference has been arrived at for the first time.
Facts about the research
- The research was a meta-analysis meaning the researchers used the results of previous and already existing studies; they were 27 in this case.
- The research was based on ten developed and high-income countries.
- The difference in pricing was evaluated based on the price per serving, per 200 calories (which is the recommended average daily calorie intake for a fully grown adult), and price per 200 calories for some types of foods.
- The researchers compared the pricing between the healthy and unhealthy foods in each food category e.g. the price of healthy proteins vs the price of unhealthy proteins.