I got a tip by email alerting me to this Newsweek article. Apparently too many poor people in rural areas are having to buy high-carb, high-fat foods because that is simply what is available in those towns. Often fruits and vegetables just aren’t available in plentiful supply – and we know how expensive some of those have gotten to be.
I really enjoy fresh cherries, for instance, and those are currently $8 a pound where I live. Most fresh fruits and vegetables are getting more expensive – besides, say, potatoes and corn (and corn is actually a grain, not a vegetable).
Whether healthy food is too expensive is a constant debate on health and fitness blogs among the commenters. Some say it can be done – you just have to shop the sales and look in grocery circulars every week to see what is cheap. Others admit that their grocery bill has gotten much heftier since they started to “eat healthy.”
I’m in the camp that says it can be done, but you have to be careful what you buy. Most boxed and packaged “organic” food is extremely expensive. If you stick to the perimeters of the grocery store, buying only meat, fruits and veggies that are on sale (better yet, frozen or canned), dairy, bread, etc, you should be fine. Also, beans are an inexpensive way to get your protein – sometimes cheaper than 50 cents a can.
Finally, most grocery stores offer free value cards. You can find additional savings on many products around the store with your card (We have one for both grocery stores we go to, and the savings really do add up).