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The Associated Press reports that a new study from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is out with a new study saying that "most fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods cost less than foods high in fat, sugar and salt," a finding that "counters a common perception among some consumers that it's cheaper to eat junk food than a nutritionally balanced meal."

According to the story, "The government says it all depends on how you measure the price. If you compare the price per calorie -- as some previous researchers have done -- then higher calorie pastries and processed snacks might seem like a bargain compared with fruits and vegetables. But comparing the cost of foods by weight or portion size shows that grains, vegetables, fruit and dairy foods are less expensive than most meats or foods high in saturated fat, added sugars or salt."
KC's View:
In addition, one has to consider the extended costs of not eating in an intelligent, moderate fashion. Seems to me that one has to think about that stuff as one makes food choices.