Preparing meals and eating healthy may seem difficult on a budget, but recent research has shown that the idea of healthy food being more expensive is not necessarily true. This line of thinking is mostly based on assumptions. Not only is healthy food affordable, but government programs such as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) are beginning to nudge recipients towards healthier options.
This week’s news roundup brings a collection of articles related to the cost of food, how to shop healthy on a budget, and challenges our perception that a healthy lifestyle has to be expensive.
The Cost of Food Influences Your Perception of How Healthy It Is.SHAPE. “According to a new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, something really funky is going on with how consumers view the health level of a food relative to its price. Basically, the researchers found that the higher the price of a food, the more likely people were to think it was healthy.”
Why Healthy Food Doesn’t Have to Cost More. Consumer Reports. “When we have little or no information about a product's nutritional value, we tend to rely on price as an indicator of its healthfulness. This may be in part because the notion that healthy foods are always more expensive appears to be widespread.”
Could You Cut Your Food Bill by a Third? BBC. “If you're feeling the pinch, there are easy ways to keep more pounds in your pocket next time you head to the shops. You can save yourself more than 50% on many popular foods, or one-third on your weekly shop. With just a few changes to your buying, cooking and eating habits you can cut down your costs without cutting the flavour and nutritional value of your food.”
Food Stamp Restrictions May Encourage Healthy Eating, Discourage Grocers. NPR. “Cookies, cake, potato chips, ice cream, soda and even energy drinks — these are some of the foods and beverages deemed to cause obesity, cavities and other health problems and thus would not be eligible for purchase with food stamps, under a "junk food" bill wending its way through the General Assembly. Monday, it passed out of the House by a vote of 55-39.”