Spend to save: this gimmick makes sense when it comes to health

Fresh produce is worth the added expense
photo: Sgerbic

It's no secret: the price of food continues to climb, even as wages remain stagnant.  Wholesale food prices were up 3.9% in February, according to a The Wall Street Journal report, the largest monthly price increase this country has seen since 1974.

It is unfortunate.  The cost of good, whole food is uncomfortably high.

For many, the excuses to skip the produce aisle and rely on cheaper, less nutrient dense food may begin to look convincing.  Lest you fall into the trap of deciding that purchasing processed foods is the best way to save your hard earned pennies, I must bring your attention to a complication associated with this money saving strategy: it doesn't save money at all.

Here's why:  depriving your body of nutrient rich food has long term health consequences that are far more expensive than shelling out a couple extra dollars each week for fresh produce, meat, fish, and dairy.  According to a report released by The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, the annual cost of obesity is $4,879 for women and $2,646 for men.  What does this mean?  People who skimp on nutrition pay for it with increased medical bills and sick days.  They suffer productivity losses, and lower wages.

Splurging for fresh fruit, vegetables and meat looks a bit more attractive than the dollar menu at McDonald's now, doesn't it?

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