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So the cost of healthy living is not cheap by any means! And it's also not fair. While researching for this post, I came across so many studies that proved it is cheaper to eat and basically live unhealthy than it is to consume good for you foods and purchase better for you products for our bodies.
Case in point:
The NYTimes ran an article on healthy living costs way back in 2007 and here are some of the stats back then from this study. (source: NY Times.com)
- Junk food costs less than fruits and vegetables, and are less likely to rise in price as a result of inflation.
- The highest rates of obesity are amongst people in lower-income groups. Most likely due to the fact that junk food lacks so many nutrients you have to overeat to feel satisfied.
- Junk food munchies cost an average (back then) $1.76 per 1,000 calories vs. a whopping $18.16 per 1,000 calories for low-energy but nutritious foods.
- A 2,000 calorie a day diet would cost $3.52/day if it was just junk food vs. $36.32/day if it were a healthy diet.
And these are all statistics from 4 years ago! We know the cost of food has skyrocketed since then, actually even some junk food prices have gone up a bit. Remember when a can of Pringles was 99¢? You'd be hard pressed to find one for that price these days.
So what does that tell us? It's even harder to afford eating poorly these days let alone eating healthy. Isn't that a terrible thing? I'd say so.
I know it is hard to sometimes fork over our hard earned money for something that is labeled organic and then feel it in the pocket at the register. But it is so worth it. Journalist Michael Pollan who was featured on Food Inc. (a movie that I heard was great but I still haven't seen due to my tendency to get outraged by the food industry and their lack of standards for the masses....see? I digress.), said on Oprah that "The less we spend on food, the more we spend on health care."
As of 2010, Americans were spending 20 cents on the dollar managing illness and diseases, and only 10 cents on the dollar for food. (source: the daily green) Yikes! So if we put our dollars more towards where the food goes in, that translates possibly in less Dr.'s visits. Healthy food, healthy bodies, healthy wallets!
Since I care about my fellow man and woman, here are a few links to some great online resources to help us navigate the Healthy and Organic produce world:
- Buying Organic for Beginners
- Back to Basics Nutrition Plan - and when I say the basics, this is no joke basics. Like, completely obliterate your pantry and start from scratch basics.
- Great Nutritional Guide
So when you are at the store and it's a choice between a $2.00 bag of these...
Or a $4.00 bunch of organic these....
Please choose wisely, because your life literally depends on it.