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It's a pretty common reprise, "I can't afford that healthy food!" Well, a new study out of the USDA is challenging the common notion that processed and junk foods are a cheap alternative to eating healthy. In fact, replacing saturated fats and preservatives with broccoli and tomatoes can not only improve your health, but also save you money.
Prices have historically been measured on a per-calorie basis. However, as Rosie Mestel of the LA Times points out, the one thing that most Americans do not need more of is calories. The USDA looked at price per serving and price per weight, and in both cases found that working with whole, fresh foods is a more economical way to eat. Plus you save money on gym membership and healthcare costs down the road. All around a win-win.
Healthy Food Doesn't Have to Be Expensive from The LA Times