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Eating Healthy on a Budget

Smart Ways to Save Money on Healthy Foods

Follow these expert tips to stock up on nutritious eats without dropping a ton of dough

Spend Less on Nutritious Food

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When it comes to food, the best things for you certainly aren’t free. In fact, research indicates that healthy eaters often spend more on food than their less healthy counterparts, and to follow a diet in line with the USDA’s latest nutrition recommendations would add hundreds of dollars to the average person’s annual food expenses.

In a new study from the University of Washington, researchers surveyed 2,000 adults in King County and analyzed their self-reported diets for nutrient content and cost. Their findings illustrated what you might already suspect: Not only were grains, sugars, and fats cheaper than fruits and vegetables on a per calorie basis, but consumers typically had to increase their food budget to incorporate recommended nutrients like potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D, and calcium into their diet. For example, individuals who consumed potassium in accordance with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines added an average of $380 a year to their annual food cost.

Previous studies have shown the same patterns. Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that among 78,000 women surveyed, the healthiest eaters were spending 24% more on food than women who ate less nutritiously.

Discouraging? Sure. But before you spend major cash on groceries, or give up on healthy eating altogether, read on for eight smart money-saving tips that will help you eat well without breaking the bank.

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