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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 MONIKA'S PERFECT WORLD A cheaper price for healthy food. The chart shows that the increase in prices of healthy foods was significant higher than the increase in prices of unhealthy foods. The data show that its easier for low-income people to sustain themselves on junk food rather than fruits and vegetables, saysthe studys lead author Adam Drewnowski, director of the center for public health nutrition at the University of Washington. Based on his findings, a 2,000-calorie diet would cost just $3.52 a day if it consiste of junk food, compared with $36.32 a day for a diet of low-energy dense foods. But its easier to overeat junk food, both because it tastes good and because eaters often must consume a greatervolume in order to feel satisfied. Still, even those who consume twice as much in junk foodcalories are still spending far less than healthy eaters. The chart indicates that the cost of many unhealthful foods like soda, butter and beer has fallen while the cost of fruits and vegetable has risen. Healthy eating really does cost more.Thats what University of Washington researchersfound when they compared the prices of 370 foods sold at supermarkets in the Seattle area. Calorie for calorie, junk foods not only cost less than fruitsand vegetables, but junk food prices also are less likely to rise as a result of inflation. Adam Drewnowski who found that a single dollar could buy morecalories of junk food rather than healthy food. He found that a dollar can get someone 1,200 calories of cookies or potato chips, but only 250 calories of carrots. Healthy food should be more affordable. When people have a choice of buyingsomething cheaper they tend to choose that over something healthier that costs more. MJPROF. DANA MILSTEINENG 285010/7/2013
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