18 May '12, 7pm

Healthy Diet Is Affordable, Study Shows: Andrew Carlson and Elizabeth Frazão turned to the USDA's online guide,

Healthy Diet Is Affordable, Study Shows: Andrew Carlson and Elizabeth Frazão turned to the USDA's online guide,

Consumers are firmly convinced that healthy food is more expensive than junk food. A new study published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service says that might be because we are making the wrong comparisons. Andrew Carlson and Elizabeth Frazão turned to the USDA’s online guide, ChooseMyPlate , as a template for modeling a healthy diet. Using three different data sets, they estimated the cost of 4,439 food items. The results are encouraging. “Are Healthy Foods Really More Expensive? It Depends on How You Measure the Price” shows that just looking at calorie costs, as earlier studies did, is too simplistic. For example, a bag of potato chips might be cheaper than a baked potato, compared calorie for calorie. But you might need to eat two portions of chips to equal the nutrition in a potato, and the chips would deliver more of what we don’t need, su...

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