By AMINA KHAN Los Angeles Times
Friday, Aug. 5, 2011
Buyer, beware: Eating as healthy as Uncle Sam suggests may end up costing hundreds of dollars extra per year, a new paper in the journal Health Affairs says.
The study looked at what it would take to try to meet the federal Dietary Guidelines for 2010 for fiber, calcium and other nutrients, and limiting fat and sugar intake accordingly.
Researchers from the University of Washington surveyed 2,001 residents of King County in Washington about their diet and nutrition. Almost across the board, eating more nutrient-dense foods rather than empty-calorie junk foods came at a hefty price. For every extra 1 percent of daily calories in the form of added sugar, the consumer saved $25.55 a year. A little more saturated fat cut the annual food bill by a hefty $102.20.
Raising the average respondent's paltry consumption of fiber just 10 percent would cost an extra $54.75 a year. Raising potassium intake an extra 10 percent cost $189.80. In fact, the study found that for potassium alone, raising the average person's intake (2,800 mg) to the recommended daily value (3,500 mg) would cost the consumer about $380 more per year. Ouch.
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