In the News: Eating Healthy Won't Break the Bank

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Researchers found that if price per calories is used to measure cost effectiveness, then sugary pastries and such appear cheaper, but if cost of food by weight or portion is compared, then grains, produce and dairy foods are less expensive than unhealthy choices.

Also, when comparing the nutrient value of healthier foods to high-fat, high-sugar treats, the healthier choices provide more nutrition and contribute to fewer health problems later in life. Experts recommend choosing fruits and vegetables that are in season for a lower price and using frozen or canned versions in order to stock up and save (Sam Hananel, "Healthy Eating Can Cost Less, Study Finds,", May 16, 2012).