Healthy diet costs three times that of junk food

New research by the University of Cambridge has shown that eating healthily can cost three times as much as consuming unhealthy food - and this price gap is widening.

The researchers looked at almost 100 popular food and drink products. These were divded into healthy and unhealthy foods based on government criteria. The cost of 1000kcals of these foods in 2002 and 2012 was then looked at.

They found that 1,000 calories made up from healthy items, such as lean salmon, yoghurts and tomatoes, cost an average of £7.49 in 2012. The same calorie intake from less healthy items, such as pizza, beef burgers, and doughnuts, could be purchased for an average of £2.50.

The average increase of healthy foods rose by £1.84 per 1,000 calories over the decade, while unhealthy food rose by 73 pence for the same energy intake. The gap between the two 1,000 calorie baskets is now £4.99, ten years ago it was £3.88. 

This trend is likely to make healthier diets less affordable over time having implications for population health and social inequalities.



Posted: 10/10/2014 09:28:40 by Laura Keaver


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