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Health Affairs is out with a study saying that healthy eating costs more than unhealthy eating, and suggests that the federal government needs to provide more assistance to poor people so that they can achieve a healthier diet.

According to the Associated Press story, the study notes that an “update of what used to be known as a food pyramid in 2010 had called on Americans to eat more foods containing potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D and calcium. But if they did that ... they would add hundreds more dollars to their annual grocery bill.

“Inexpensive ways to add these nutrients to a person's diet include potatoes and beans for potassium and dietary fiber. But the study found introducing more potassium in a diet is likely to add $380 per year to the average consumer's food costs.”

The story goes on: “People who spend the most on food tend to get the closest to meeting the federal guidelines for potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D and calcium, the study found. Those who spend the least have the lowest intakes of the four recommended nutrients and the highest consumption of saturated fat and added sugar.”
KC's View:
I don’t doubt that it is harder to eat healthier on a budget. Not impossible, but harder. It requires some tough choices.

But anyone who thinks that the federal government is going to be providing more financial assistance to poor people so they can eat better probably needs to have their meds adjusted. Because if we’ve learned anything over the past few weeks, that ain’t happening.