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Aug052011

Study Says It's Too Expensive for Americans to Eat Healthy 

BananaStock/Thinkstock(KING COUNTY, Washington)  -- The government had good intentions when it came up with MyPlate, the new nutritional guide to healthier eating -- but people can't feed their family with good intentions.

Researchers from the Department of Epidemiology and the School of Public Health at the University of Washington say the diet just isn’t practical from an economic standpoint, since only the financially well-off could afford to eat the suggested foods.

For instance, one of the suggested meals is made up of salmon, leafy greens and maybe some rice pilaf. These items are nutritious to be sure, but clearly out of the price range of most Americans.

All in all, the researchers say that just adding the recommended potassium for one year would inflate a food bill by nearly $400.

According to a survey conducted in King County, Washington, those who went out of their way to purchase the four nutrients of potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D and calcium wound up spending the most, compared to others.

One nutrition expert estimates that 49 million Americans make their food decisions based on cost, and close to 15 percent of household can’t afford to eat the way they want to.

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