What The Health?!?! Study Shows That Eating A Balanced Diet Will Add Big Bucks To Your Food Budget

- By Bossip Staff

We all need to be mindful of what we put into our bodies, but at what cost?

If you are trying to eat as healthy as the government wants you to, it’s going to cost you: at least $7.28 a week extra, that is.

A recent update of U.S. nutritional guidelines — what used to be known as the food pyramid and is now called “My Plate” — calls on Americans to eat more fresh foods containing potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D and calcium.

But for a typical consumer, the simple act of adding more potassium to your diet could tack on hundreds more dollars to your annual grocery bill, scientists reported Thursday in the journal Health Affairs.

That could make it tough for many Americans to meet healthy diet recommendations during lean times — and the government should do more to help, according to lead author Pablo Monsivais, an assistant professor of public health at the University of Washington.

“Given the times we’re in, I think we really need to make our health guidance, in particular the dietary guidelines, more relevant to Americans,” he said.

Some quick calculations by Pablo and his colleagues showed how much eating healthy actually costs.

With potassium, for instance, the participants consumed an average of 2,800 milligrams a day — 700 milligrams below the recommended amount. To get up to par, they’d have to spend an extra $1.04 a day, or $380 a year. For a family of four, that’s $1,520 annually.

To boost levels of dietary fiber and vitamin D, they’d have to spend about 35 cents extra a day for each of the two nutrients. Most participants came so close to meeting calcium guidelines, they wouldn’t have to spend more on dairy products.

Overall, those who spent the most on food came closest to the recommended daily values of the nutrients across the board. They also came closest to staying within the recommended limits for saturated fat and added sugar.

Damn! An extra $1500 a year! Times are tough enough as it is, lots of people with no health insurance etc. There has to be a better way to eat a balanced healthy diet without breaking the bank.


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  • fefe 877

    I’ve been saying that for the longest. You can buy all the junk food you want for little to nothing. But look at how much fresh fruit and vegetables are, $3.99 & $4.99 lb and so forth, its fine if you only have to feed yourself, but if you have a family it can get very expensive.

  • DeeDee_404

    Hence the poorest americans being the most unhelathy


    I don’t care what it costs. I buy the best foods and work out 5 times a week. You are what you put into your body.

  • tommykimon

    That is true that is why there are so many fat Americans.

  • lemme see ya twitter

    i remember i had this room mate who was constantly munch on “snacks” and wondering why she was gaining more and more weight. i brought some fruit and vegetable to the crib and she said it was the first time she had any in over a year. my jaw dropped.

  • Sanriobaby =^.^=

    It’s difficult to expect poor families to extend thier food budget when they are already at the breaking point. It’s not like they don’t WANT to eat better, it’s just that doing so is difficult b/c fresh food is not only more expensive, but harder to find in poorer communities to begin with. I think it would be great if the gov’t offered stipends to ONLY purchase fresh fruits and veggies to these families in the same way they offer WIC to allow poorer families to ONLY buy dairy products, certain cereals, and formula for thier young children. I’m sure there will always be some who will try and abuse the program, but most people would really benefit greatly from it.

  • TheAmkebe

    WIC now offers vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • Janay

    No suprise here, America land of the greed thrives off of the unhealthy and sick…

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