Credit: Reuters/Mike Blake NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – That healthy foods cost more has become conventional wisdom, but a new study is the most thorough yet in calculating how much more: about a dollar and a half. “Before now, we’ve seen studies looking at prices of one or a few foods or diets, in one city and from one store,” said Mayuree Rao. “And the results have been mixed, with some studies finding that the healthier options cost more and some studies finding they don’t.” Rao is a junior research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and a medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She led the study that was published in BMJ Open. The research team identified 27 previous studies from 10 countries that met their inclusion criteria and reviewed each of them. Fourteen studies were conducted in the U.S, two in Canada, six in Europe and five in other countries including South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Brazil. Twelve of the studies were market surveys that evaluated the prices of anywhere from two to 133 foods each and included up to 1,230 stores.
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Eating Healthy Costs Only $1.50 a Day More Than Eating Unhealthy
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Instead of focusing on eating one nutrient at a time to protect one component of health at a time, eat foods of high overall nutritional quality as part of a wholesome diet, and you’ll defend against virtually all forms of ill health.” -David L. Katz, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center and author of Disease Proof RELATED: 11 Crazy-Delicious Desserts with Hidden Healthy Ingredients 4. Savor the occasional indulgences. “You only get one chance to live fully, so relish those opportunities to try an amazing dessert, dig in to an unforgettable meal, and enjoy with abandon.” -Daphne Oz, co-host of ABC’s The Chew and author of Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun.
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Yet, a new study shows the difference in cost between an unhealthy diet and the healthiest diet is just $1.50 a day, on average, for one person. The research, conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and published online in the British Medical Journal, is the first to systematically evaluate the scientific evidence for what’s become conventional wisdom, according to lead author Mayuree Rao, a junior research fellow in the department of epidemiology at HSPH. While $1.50 a day doesn’t seem like much of a financial burden, the problem arises when that cost per year (about $550) is multiplied out for a family of four (about $2,200). This, the authors note, could burden low-income families. Still, the authors point out, $550 per person per year is a relatively small amount of money when compared with medical costs associated with diet-related chronic diseases that can result from eating an unhealthy diet. It is a well-known that high-fat diets can lead to heart disease and other chronic medical conditions, but a recent international study, which included researchers from Yale University and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, among others, published in the journal Nature, showed that foods high in salt may be a factor in increased numbers of auto-immune diseases. Autoimmune diseases are those in which the immune system, which protects against germs, erroneously attacks healthy tissue.
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