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Does It Cost You More to Eat Healthy

Updated on July 22, 2012

I saw this questions posted on a blog, “Does it cost more to eat healthy?”. I though of course it costs more toe eat healthy but doesn't it cost more if you don't?

Eat Healthy In The Short Term

Eating healthy in the short term costs more because you need to buy foods which are low in preservatives and high in nutritional value. And if you decide to buy organic foods the price keeps going higher and higher but there are ways to defray the costs. Here are some ways to reduce your food costs.

Buy the store brands whenever possible.
There are a lot of store brand foods which are as healthy as most of the nationals brands. A word of advice check all the labels for the nutritional values of the foods. Also if your area has a farmers market or outdoor market you can usually pick up some locally grown veggies at lower costs. Remember though the supply may be limited depending what is in season.

Shop at food outlet stores..
Some neighborhoods have stores which are called food outlets. These types of stores sell fruits and vegetables and other foods at a lower price then normal stores. While the variety might not be the same as the larger stores it still helps defray the costs of healthy eating.

Of course one of the main ways of defraying the cost of buying healthy foods is using coupons. Coupons are free money. When combined with other offers, like store shopping cards, coupons can save you a lot of money.

Even with all of these cost cutting measures it is still a challenge to defray all the costs of having a healthier diet. But thank about the alternatives if you don't eat healthy,

Eat Healthy for the Long Haul

Sure it may cost you a little more to eat healthy, but if you don't you're setting yourself up for a lot more costs over the long haul. It's like routine maintenance on your car, you get oil changes, keep air in your tires in order to avoid costlier repair down the road.

It is the same thing for your body. In order to stay in the best health you eat healthy, exercise and try to keep your mind fit. What is the outcome if you don't? You end up with heart disease, diabetes, or worse you end up dieing years earlier then you would have if you took care of yourself . Take it from someone who knows when you don't care of yourself it costs you more with doctor's bills, prescriptions, ware and tare on your joints and more worries about what could happen to you in the future.

In the long run it costs you way less to eat healthy now, then it does to try and defray all the costs of medical problems later.


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      Archa 5 years ago from India

      Nice post...and its so true that if we save money and stop eating healthy food then we might have to spend double the amount of what we would have saved on healthy food.

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      Nikki Major 5 years ago

      This is true...eating healthy prevents costly medical bills.

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      T.B Whitt 5 years ago from the Philly area

      How true, but I have found now I am over fifty it costs me more in doctor's bill then it would have if I had listened to all my siblings and remained healthier when I was younger.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Useful information but eating healthy does indeed cost more. With the struggling economy and prices rising ever higher it gets difficult.

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      BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

      Yes, it cost more to buy quality food. But it is worth it. I rather spend my money on healthy food rather than tech gadgets. It will save on health care cost later on.

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      T.B Whitt 5 years ago from the Philly area

      I also try to eat as healthy as possible. The hard part is trying to defray the costs.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      This is so true. I think preventive care is always less costly in the long run. It's just hard for some people to look that far ahead. Voted up! Kelley

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Useful Information!!! Thanks for sharing!!