Want cheap nutritious food?

Does a healthy diet cost more than a junk-food diet in America?

That depends on whom you ask, how you measure food and, most important, if you know how to cook.

Earlier this year the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a new analysis indicating that fruits, vegetables, grains and low-fat milk tend to be less expensive by weight and serving size than fatty, sugary foods and meat, fish and poultry.

The takeaway message, according to its authors: Healthful foods actually cost less than foods we are supposed to restrict.

This ran counter to many studies that have measured the cost of “good” and “bad” foods by calorie and concluded that nutrient-poor foods generally cost less.

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