Myth Busted – Healthy Eating is Not More Expensive
If you blame your unhealthy diet on the high cost of healthy eating, you’re doing yourself a major disservice. Despite what many believe, healthy eating is not more expensive than having an unhealthy diet.
Grabbing ‘cheap’ snacks
If you reach for those inexpensive candy bars or potato chips when you’re hungry, you’re not only paying too much for empty calories, but you’re also paying for prepackaged junk. Alternatively, you could visit the produce department of the store and pick up loose pieces of fruit or vegetables for a fraction of the cost of the candy or chips.
Why do people think that fruit and vegetables are more expensive? Most people believe that only organic produce is healthy, but that’s not true, either. The bottom line is that any fruit and vegetable choice is better for your waistline and your wallet than prepackaged junk food.
Making better choices doesn’t have to cost you more
By planning ahead and buying real foods instead of prepackaged foods you can actually save money and eat healthier. You may want to buy ‘in season’ fruits and vegetables to maximize your savings, too. By feeding your body healthy food choices, you’ll be sick less often and spend less on obesity-related illnesses, too.
Consider the cost of a fast food meal. Many places sell ‘value’ meals that cost somewhere between $5-10 for a veritable feast’s worth of food. However, if you take a look at what you’re really getting for your money–hundreds (or even thousands) of excess calories, saturated fats, sugars, and garbage fillers–and you really aren’t getting a good value. For the same amount of money, you could pick up the ingredients to cook an entire healthy meal from scratch and feed more than one person.
Don’t fall for the myth that healthy eating costs more money. It only takes a little more effort and planning than eating unhealthy foods does, and the benefits are far greater than those felt in your wallet.