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Am J Public Health. 2004 Sep;94(9):1555-9.

Replacing fats and sweets with vegetables and fruits--a question of cost.

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  • 1Center for Public health Nutrition and the Nutritional Sciences Program, University of Washington in Seattle, 98195-3410, USA. adamdrew@u.washington.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We examined the association between diet quality and estimated diet costs.

METHODS:

Freely chosen diets of 837 French adults were assessed by a dietary history method. Mean national food prices for 57 foods were used to estimate diet costs.

RESULTS:

Diets high in fat, sugar, and grains were associated with lower diet costs after adjustment for energy intakes, gender, and age. For most levels of energy intake, each additional 100 g of fats and sweets was associated with a 0.05-0.40 per day reduction in diet costs. In contrast, each additional 100 g of fruit and vegetables was associated with a 0.18-0.29 per day increase in diet costs.

CONCLUSIONS:

Diets high in fats and sweets represent a low-cost option to the consumer, whereas the recommended "prudent" diets cost more.

PMID:
15333314
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PMCID:
PMC1448493
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