Cheap food, expensive health
Ultra processed foods cost less, last longer, and are convenient. They are the foods that are “ready to eat“ or “ready to heat“. ￼
Ultra processed foods are typically higher in calories, salt, sugar, and fat. But what’s left?
It’s well-known in food chemistry… that engineering goes into the food so that you keep craving… More.
So a recent study looked at the difference between ultra processed foods and minimally processed foods, where people were allowed to eat as much as they like - of one food type or the other.
The result? People who consumed only minimally processed foods ate approximately 500 less calories each day.
And lost almost half a pound each week￼. The participants in the ultra processed food group gained 1 pound each week.
Now, the cost: ultra processed foods cost $106 per week for every 2000 calories eaten per day.
And minimally processed foods cost $151 for every 2000 cal.
Seems unfair, but is it? When adjusted for the lower calories￼￼ consumed with the minimally processed diet (remember people ate less with minimally processed foods)...
The cost reduced from $151 down to $113... A difference of seven dollars.