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May 2016 Issue

Healthy Diets Don’t Have to Be Costly

Despite the popular belief that eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables is expensive, a new study conducted by The Miriam Hospital and The Rhode Island Community Food Bank proves otherwise. The study found that a plant-based diet with up to four tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil per day resulted in a nearly $750 per person annual savings, compared to the lowest-cost version of the U.S. Department of Agriculture MyPlate diet. The plant-based, olive oil diet also provided more servings of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The study found that high daily consumption of fruits and vegetables was inexpensive, while meat was much more expensive.

Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, September 2015