Healthy diet costs $550 more a year
Healthy diets cost individuals an average of $1.50 per day more than unhealthy meals—or approximately $550 per year—according to new research.
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed 27 recent studies on prices of healthy and unhealthy foods among 10 countries. Healthy foods included fruits, vegetables, nuts and fish; unhealthy foods included processed foods, meats and refined grains.
The findings showed price discrepancies among healthy versus unhealthy grains, dairy, fats and proteins. The largest differences were between healthy and unhealthy meats and proteins.
The researchers surmised that healthy diets are more expensive than unhealthy ones because most government policies are geared to producing cheap, processed foods at mass quantities. But they suggested that the higher cost may be worth it, considering the potential development chronic diseases as the result of unhealthy diets.