Why eating healthy is so expensive in America

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  • Published on:  Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • Produce helps your health and hurts your wallet, but some strategies may change that.

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    The American dinner plate is deficient in nutritious produce, and part of the problem is cost. Because diets low in fruits and vegetables have serious consequences, health advocates have tried to incentivizes Americans to choose apples over donuts for years but with little success.

    In the US, a nation with high rates of diseases such as obesity and diabetes , a variety of strategies - from a junk food tax to a produce prescription program - are now being tested. But there are a number of factors that still stand in the way of Americans having healthier, more affordable produce and dietary options.

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  • Vox

     (Mar 22, 2018)

    Even for those who want to eat healthy, picking the right diet can be tricky. Watch our video on the ketogenic diet, the latest fad in eating healthy: http://bit.ly/2DNkjZh

  • James Bradwood

     (Jan 9, 2019)

    *Eating healthy is **_NOT_** expensive in America.* Apples are a great, healthy fruit to include in the diet. But it's foolish to assume that their calorie price-point represents ALL "healthy" foods. Bananas cost much less, for example. Yes, we need lots of fruits and veggies. But the ultimate source of healthy calories should be WHOLE GRAINS and LEGUMES. Rice is cheap. Same for beans, wheat and oats. And these are healthy! They should serve as the backbone upon which our diet is built.

  • Dan Rowe

     (Nov 29, 2018)

    How do you correlate cigarette prices with consumption? There is more than price as a factor here... correlation =/= causation. Just like if apples became the exact same price as donuts, i would presume that many people would still choose donuts.

  • CrossfacePanda

     (Mar 22, 2018)

    Do 5 apples seriously cost $10!? USA truly is the upside down.

  • Antoni

     (4 days ago)

    In Spain its 2-3 € per Kg

  • amy m

     (Feb 12, 2019)

    Bag of organic apples are $5-$6 . They usually have about 6 per bag

  • robyn

     (Nov 30, 2018)

    $2??!!!?? for an apple!!??? in europe they’re like €0.30 lol

  • Dizzy 396

     (Feb 9, 2019)

    In France we have markets every saturday or sunday by the locals who sale their own fruits and vegetables and they are usually better than the supermarket and not that expensive tbh and 1kg of apple is like 1euro ? lol idk

  • Samay Mahata

     (Feb 7, 2019)

    +Calichick310 They are well under 50p in the UK.

  • Blu Pyxi

     (May 1, 2018)

    So taxing is meant to only force me to buy more expensive items?? Doesn't seem like a very good solution.

  • jason lee

     (10 hours ago)

    +zenubi unfortunately, may not help all. its a start

  • zenubi

     (11 hours ago)

    +jason lee right... sure ny unexistant patio

  • Zpooky Booky

     (May 14, 2018)

    do NOT add taxes to unhealthy foods. this will only hurt the working class. instead, subsidize healthy produce.

  • Coach Hill

     (10 hours ago)

    @jason lee I also prefer low cost, healthy solutions , and my point was offering in-store rebates and subsidies to decrease production cost would provide more affordable health food. This is would be more beneficial than increasing the price of junk food through taxes making food more expensive for the poor and doing nothing to help decrease the price of healthier alternatives.

  • jason lee

     (10 hours ago)

    +Coach Hill who pays the medical costs when they get sick from diseases associated with high cholesterol, sodium, etc? I prefer offering lower cost, less intake healthy solutions.

  • Save Hope

     (May 15, 2018)

    Fresh produce rots so fast - that is part of the cost equation, compared to processed

  • jason lee

     (10 hours ago)

    +Livia Claire I agree

  • Shaun Cameron

     (Jan 27, 2019)

    Exactly. Fresh produce have a very short shelf-life.

  • Stevio Gaming

     (Mar 22, 2018)

    "The apples are organic" mate I grow my own and I'm telling you no Apple should cost over $1

  • KittyCow

     (19 hours ago)

    lalaithan economies of scale make cost per product cheaper, not more expensive.

  • S Lam

     (Feb 6, 2019)

    apple is not expensive in Canada!!!! i just got some ambrosia apple for $ 1.29 per pound. and that is in cad, in usd it is $ 1 per pound. Canada grow our own apple mostly except for a few provinces in the praires. we also buy some specialties apples from us too.+Donald Trump

  • Kelly Ament

     (Apr 2, 2018)

    There's a lot of pointless nit-picking in the comments. People quibbling over the price of an apple are missing the point of this video: that healthy eating can often be prohibitively expensive for many people in America, especially when you take into account that TIME IS MONEY. For people who are working multiple jobs, they might not have the time or energy to spend multiple hours grocery shopping, cooking, washing up, etc. They could have spent that time earning the money they need to keep the lights...

  • YourGodsIcon

     (4 days ago)

    ​+Whuzzin Gamont Employers in the U.S. are required to give employees a 30-minute lunch break for every 8 hours worked.

  • baguette

     (Jan 7, 2019)

    +Parker the obese population is costing the US 13 billion dollars. *(From a single year)*And a lot of that money is coming from our taxes. I'm not going to work so obese people can have health care. It affects us too.

  • MrauKat

     (Apr 6, 2018)

    Just put more pineapple on pizza

  • casey/emil c:

     (Feb 1, 2019)

    The Canadians made pineapple pizza, not the Americans, lol.

  • The Reverse

     (Jan 27, 2019)

    +Saturn Your tongue sucks, so does your face & your existence.

  • ReasonableRadio

     (May 10, 2018)

    Lol so let me get this straight.We need a junkfood tax so that poor people can go from eating garbage to starving.I don't see any weaknesses with this solution.

  • Atlantis Czarnomski

     (Feb 7, 2019)

    +Sagar Rao USA is far from the richest country in the world, not even in the top 10.

  • Sagar Rao

     (Feb 1, 2019)

    You're the richest country in the world. Why do you even have poor people?