Many people believe eating healthily is expensive – and more costly than buying junk food.
The article featured in The Conversation, discusses the results of new research, published in the journal BMC Public Health, which shows this isn’t the case.
The report found most Australian households’ food budget is being spent on “discretionary” or “junk” foods and drinks that are high in saturated fat, added sugar, salt and/or alcohol. Eating a healthy diet, as recommended by the Australian Dietary Guidelines, would be cheaper.
The average Australian adult derives at least 35% of their energy intake from “junk” foods and drinks. As a result, two-thirds of adults (63%) and one-quarter of children are overweight or obese.
“Poor diet is now the number one preventable risk factor contributing to the burden of disease in Australia.”
Full article in The Conversation