I enjoy learning about health and nutrition and read lots of books and articles on the subject. It seems I keep coming across this particular comment – “Junk food is cheaper than healthy food…” I just read an article about the latest obesity rankings for different states and this comment was made in the article. So, my question is, is junk REALLY CHEAPER than healthy stuff??? I keep hearing and reading that statement, but who decided it was true?? Has it been researched? I completely disagree with it.
For instance, the cheapest food at McDonald’s is probably the dollar menu. You can get a small fry for a dollar (yes, I know this because I partake on a rare occasion). I just bought fresh fruit & veggies the other day and paid 98 cents for a whole cantaloupe, 98 cents for 3 fuji apples, $1 for 4 ears of corn, and $2.48 for a whole, huge watermelon. How is the junk cheaper?? I admit some fruits and veggies can be outrageously priced. Asparagus, for example, is often $4.99 per pound! But, I never buy it until it goes on sale – in fact, I only buy whatever produce happens to be on sale.
Also, every family dinner I make can be done for under $10 – some as cheap as $5 (except the occasional steak dinner, but when ribeye goes under $4 a pound, we get steak!). If a 4 person family ate out at about $5 per fast food meal, it’d cost $20. How is that cheaper? Is my math wrong…?
Maybe I’m missing something here. I just don’t get it. I concede that it takes a little effort to buy what’s on sale and know what a good price is. I just don’t understand who decided junk is cheaper. Someone, please enlighten me! It’s driving me CRAZY!!