3 thoughts on “Healthy food is expensive – if you look at it in a certain way”

  1. Posted 10/10/2014 at 14:06 | Permalink

    I agree that a better job could have been done by totting up say a week’s food for a family of four in “unhealthy” and “healthy” variants, but I do have sympathy for the £/kcal model.

    I need to eat a certain number of calories per day and the study appears to tell me that the cost of that will have increased more if the proportion of “healthy” foods is higher, so whatever my diet is the differential inflation appears skewed in favour of the “less healthy” foods.

    Britain’s obesity figures may simply reflect that were buying the cheap unhealthy calories, perhaps ? The rice and potatoes would not be the least obesogenic foods.

  2. Posted 11/10/2014 at 13:21 | Permalink

    Excellent post, Chris. People constantly commit the fallacy of thinking in terms of individual foods, rather than whole diets: http://posnetres.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/is-there-such-thing-as-unhealthy-food.html

  3. Posted 12/10/2014 at 10:57 | Permalink

    Like the article David, and share the main message of it.
    Just a short answer to Phil.
    Calories vs $ or GBP is a misconception.
    Not ALL calories are made equal.
    I wrote here once that healthy animal/vegetable fats (butter, good lard, olive oil, coconut oil etc.) are very dense in healthy calories. At the same time leaf vegetables(lettuce,cabbage-esp.sour one)) are low in calories, but essential to your health.
    Adding sugar (or worse -the glucose/fructose syrup) to almost every pre-cooked meal and the use of white, low in nutrients flour, is to be blamed for obesity epidemic in (not only) my opinion

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