Healthy nutrition doesn’t have to be expensive

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A surprising read: The Royal College of General Practitioners want to stop recommending 5 portions of vegetables per day.

The main reason was cost: eating healthy was said to be three times more expensive than a junk food diet.

Does that mean that well-off people can have good healthy food and others have to be content with junk food, with all the health consequences it entails?

This is shocking, and frankly irresponsible to hear from doctors, who get the entire trust of their patients.

It is true that in recent years, organic and “healthy” foods are rising in popularity and in price. In groceries stores, you can see organic foods priced three times more than regular versions. Many recommended vegetables are also too expensive to be eaten on a regular basis.

The avocado for example is often labeled as a healthy superfood. It’s loaded with healthy fats and can be eaten in salads, sandwiches, or deserts. Its versatile, fashionable, and as a result, you can get one from $2 to $4, while you can get a big box of sweet biscuits for the same cost.

Repeat the same scenario for kale, quinoa or other vegetables and you can understand why english doctors think 5 vegetables is demoralizing for common people.

BUT…

Buying soda is more expensive than drinking water from the tap.

Eating processed red meat is more expensive than eating simple carrots or black beans.

Buying sugar or sweeteners is more expensive than well.. not buying sugar.

A chocolate bar or cake as a snack is more expensive than having a banana or an apple.

And you don’t have to buy fancy coconut oil, organic kale, expensive berries or whatever is trendy. Okinawan have one of the highest life expectancy in the world with a diet composed of 80% sweet potatoes and a bit of spices (turmeric, ginger). That’s a cheap staple with lots of benefits.

We can go further but I think you get the picture. It is perfectly possible for anyone to have a healthy cheap diet, assuming you stick to basics. Legumes, simple veggies, fruits, and adding a bit of nuts and spices to round it up. Easy? No. Feasible? Yes. Delicious and Satisfying? You bet !

What are your favorite healthy and affordable foods ? Let’s make a list together !

19 thoughts on “Healthy nutrition doesn’t have to be expensive”

    1. Yes ! Just go further than your typical Wall-Mart of big grocery store.

      Best bet is an indian or Chinese grocery store. Nobody speaks good english but there are always good prices for healthy food !

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    1. I went to a few developing countries as well (East Africa, Central America, Middle East) and you can have earthy, delicious natural meals for $1/day. No bloating, no sugar rush, no inflammation. Well a few of my friends had diarrhea but that’s another story 🙂

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    1. Right. But still media like Independent.co.uk are listening to them. They need to think about including a professional nutritionist on their board.

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  1. People might not see buying carrots, potatoes, frozen veg etc. as cheap because when you buy it all at one time it could be 100 bucks (even when each meal could come out to be under 2.50). So it’s easy for a company to say buy this frozen dinner, it’s only $5!

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  2. This is incredibly true. Leading a healthy lifestyle does not have to be expensive. Also, if you cheat your body of the nutrition that it needs, it will end up costing you a lot more. It will cost you in losing years of your life and what’s a greater cost than that?

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  3. When switching over to a healthier lifestyle I didn’t notice that big of a difference in my grocery expenses for the month. I’m also a huge deal shopper and a couponer, but still it really is easy to make to the change financial wise.

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  4. Thanks for sharing this. I don’t think eating healthy is more expensive. The way I look at it is that you cannot escape the cost… you either spring some cash for good healthy foods, or you pay later in medical bills and lost time. A lot of times, these are the choices that it comes down to.

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