Junk Food: Bad for your Waist and your Wallet

by | Updated: December 3rd, 2016

A common reason for choosing calorie-dense processed food over fresh fruits and vegetables is cost. Fast food “value” meals are advertised as being a great bang for your buck, with a sandwich, salty fries and a sugary soda all for one low price.

But is junk food actually cheaper than healthy food?

Recent research says no.   No matter what you’re buying, you usually pay extra for convenience. Processed foods are no exception.

A trip to a popular fast food joint for a family of four can cost as much as $28. In contrast, a home-cooked meal of chicken, steamed veggies and fresh salad can be served for under $15.

And if the savings aren’t enough to convince you, cooking at home can also help you control calorie, sodium and sugar consumption.

Fast-food fare and convenience store snacks may seem inviting to those with time or budget constraints, but per serving, they typically cost more than fresh, whole foods or dried bulk foods like beans, rice, pasta or quinoa.

There’s no doubt that eating healthy takes time, patience and planning. But in the long run, avoiding overly processed foods in favor of fresh, healthy options can help keep your waistline slim and your wallet fat!

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