High Cost of Good Nutrition


While the recession is affecting many wallets in America, did you know that cutting back on the cost of food doesn't necessarily mean cutting calories? Nutrient rich foods are generally more expensive. The LA Times reports that "sugar in fresh raspberries is 100 times more expensive per calorie than table sugar." There is no argument that raspberries, chock full of fiber, vitamins, and phytonutrients are healthier than table sugar. But as the price of cheap food declines, we buy more of it, and cheaper foods are generally higher in calories and lower in calories.

Here's another statistic to chew on: between 2004 and 2006, the prices of very-high-calorie foods dropped by an average of 1.8 percent, while the prices of very-low-calorie foods went up by an average of 19.5 percent. However, we are spending less on food than the previous year.

To see how our restaurant habits have changed, read more.

When it comes to eating out, we are changing our habits as well. A survey from September 2008 found that Americans are eating out less, ordering less when they do eat at a restaurant, and eating at less expensive restaurants. It is unsurprising that folks are also eating leftovers, packing lunches, and choosing tap water over soda, which is a healthy change I can support. For details on these stats, read this LA Times article. But before you do, tell me has the recession affected your nutrition?

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