A Harvard School of Public Health study recently determined eating a healthful diet full of fruit, vegetables, nuts and fish costs, on average, about $1.50 more per day than a diet constituted of processed foods, meats and refined grains.
At the end of the year, this can cost about $550 extra per year per person. Undoubtedly, that can create a burden on some families but the price of consuming a well-balanced diet is nothing when compared to the cost of diet-related diseases (diabetes, heart disease, etc.). In fact, the study points out that the cost of treating these diseases is about...wait for it....$393 BILLION per year in the U.S. or about $1200 per year per person.
It is better (and easier) to prevent disease and illness than it is to treat it.
Wouldn't you rather pay a bit more to consume delicious, quality food that nourishes your body than pay for expensive prescriptions and medical treatments?
Fair enough but when it comes to our health, we're all going to pay one way or the other. I would rather pay upfront for high-quality food items than go bankrupt treating an awful disease caused by a terrible diet.
My grandmother was a Type 2 diabetic. Her poor diet combined with inactivity led to a painful death for her and our entire family. She was a wonderful, engaging woman who suffered, in large part, because of her diet which was dominated by processed food later in her life.
Healthful diets might cost more but the longterm benefit of potentially reduced healthcare costs and a life free of diet-induced medical issues make them worth every extra penny.
|A typical day on the Mediterranean diet|
There's also the latest research from the UK that says eating the Mediterranean way is an effective way to fight dementia.
You can't go wrong eating this way.
Here is one of my favorite Mediterranean diet recipes: Halibut with Roasted Tomatoes & Balsamic Glaze.
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