Is healthy food more expensive?

Everyone is concerned with the rise of obesity in today's youth....but when I go shopping and try to buy healthy foods for my daughters, it seems like it costs sometimes twice as much as junk food. I still buy them fruit, veggies, milk, cheese, yogurt, etc., but when I look at healthy foods for myself, I just can't afford it! I would love to buy some of the 100 calorie pack snacks, low-fat foods, and I would LOVE to be able to buy WW food products. But all these things seem to be so much more if everyone is concerned with the rise in obesity, why is no one trying to lower the cost of healthy foods?


Asked by Anonymous at 6:51 PM on Oct. 17, 2008 in Food & Drink

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  • you do not need to buy that expensive stuff.

    as long as you try to cook healthy you dont need to buy the healthy products.

    e.g. not too much grease (or none at all), no meat with too much fat.
    dont fry the foods... boil/cook them. dont use butter on everything, if you need taste - then you spices. but if you have meat, then you barely need spices - it has the flavor, you just have to cook it right.
    dont look for organic stuff, that sh** is way too expensive and not all of it is healthy.

    Answer by m.robertson811 at 6:57 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

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  • That is an or should I say are excellent questions! I wish I new the answer to them, as much as I ask that myself.

    Answer by soonmommyof3 at 6:58 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

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  • You can eat normal food in Moderation, that is the problem with people is they think " this is diet" so i can have lots that is just not true most everything will tell you how many calories are in a portion ect so have 1 portion you don't need to buy the stuff that says diet ect and spend more money, and if you need help with portion control PM me i can help you out i lost 4lbs and 5 inches in my first week safely,with no drugs, stimulants or side effects and i still eat normal food just less of it :)

    Answer by MyO3WorldMomma at 7:15 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

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  • Cook from scratch that's even healthier than the pre packaged diet food. As for the one hundred calorie packs that's just for convienence look at the nutritional info and decide how much you should eat.

    Answer by at 7:16 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

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  • "Healthy" prepackaged food is so much more expensive because in reality you could create those meals yourself. Manufacturers also realize that people will pay big money to try to lose weight. Look at the crazy prices of diet pills, drinks, etc. It isn't like creating a WW meal costs $5, but those that create it know that people will pay that. Beware of those so called healthy meals. They are sometimes really high in sodium and aren't made with the highest quality ingredients. I agree with the other posters...create it yourself and it will be healthier and cheaper. FYI- stay away from those 100 cal packs...those are a gimmick too. Loaded with unhealthy stuff. Go for the real stuff in moderation.

    Answer by Colleen801 at 8:25 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

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  • The only things healthy about what you said are fruits and vegetables. If you buy in season and locally you can get really good deals for those. I wouldnt worry about low fat snacks...and dairy is certainly not healthy for anyone...

    I would focus on getting as much fruit and veg as you can and you can do this cheaply if you try.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:57 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

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  • Thanks ladies! That's what I needed to hear LOL! I don't buy all those gimmick foods and I try to eat the right size portions. We don't fry anything and hardly ever use any type of extra seasoning on foods. Guess I'm doing something kids are healthy and not overwieght and I did lose 35 pounds last year just using the WW books (not buying the food). I have an underactive thyroid which caused me to gain over 50lbs before it was found, so I have been trying to get the last few pounds off. I guess I'll continue the way we eat around here...sounds like it's the best way to go!

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:08 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

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  • The answer is.... because obesity is a major problem in the US, companies like WW and others take advantage of it....they know obese people will want to loose wait and buy these items. Everything is about business and how to maximize the dollars.

    The best thing to do is cook healthier and cut out the junk. Eat in moderation and eat every 3 hours for a total of 5-6 meals a day..and exercise, even walking is good. Most of WW and such foods are high in not so healthy.


    Answer by BusinessMom123 at 11:35 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

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  • I don't agree that healthy food is more expensive. One reason is the amount of nutrients in a good meal verses a not so good meal. Good deal IMO. My second reason is having a healthy diets is better for your health. Once diabetes, obesity, and other diseases start to effect you, the medical cost will hit your pocket hard. People should rely on frozen and/ or prepared foods. Take your own responsibly and prepare your own meals. I remember a few years back a bunch of people wanted to sue fast food restaurants like McDonald's because they became obese. I could have died laughing.


    Answer by mom2trewife2vic at 3:42 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

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  • Grow your own garden. DUH.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:04 PM on Nov. 2, 2008

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