Food choices influence the health and well-being of individuals. Current dietary concerns include the overconsumption of calories, added sugars, and saturated fats; underconsumption of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and health conditions such as obesity.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture - Economic Research Service website
You Can Afford a Healthy Diet
Sometimes the cheapest foods are the least healthy. But a little planning can help ensure that good nutrition fits your budget. Try these tips from the USDA website - Healthy Eating on a Budget:
- Planning a week's worth of meals ahead of time will let you make the best use of what you buy.
- Making a list and eating before you shop can prevent unhealthy impulse purchases.
- You probably shop sales, buy in bulk and use coupons now. Comparing unit prices on store shelves will also help you pick the best values.
- Vegetables and fruits cost less in season. Check out prices at farmers' markets, too. Off-season, frozen veggies may be a good option.
- Convenience costs more. You'll save a lot if you do your own chopping and cooking.
- Meat will stretch further in stews or casseroles. Beans are also a great foundation for healthy, low-cost meals.
This material is provided by the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program with funding from USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides nutrition assistance to people with low incomes.