Plant-based diets may offer the best investment for dietary health.
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The public health community sees the economic downturn different than many people. For example: gasoline prices going up? Great! In the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults study they found that Rising prices of gasoline may be associated with an unintended increase in physical activity, every 25 cent increase in gasoline price was associated with about an extra 10 exercise units, roughly equivalent to 17 min of additional walking per week for every extra quarter per gallon.
What effect might the economic downturn have on healthy eating, though? Recently researchers at Harvard compared the cost and healthfulness of various foods across the country hunting for the best nutritional bargain. They conclude that people should purchase more nuts, soy, and beans and whole grians, and less meat and dairy.
Although spending more money was associated with a healthier diet, large improvements in diet may be achieved without increased spending. The purchase of plant-based foods may offer the best investment for dietary health.
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For more on eating healthy on a budget, see my video Superfood Bargains and the follow-up Biggest Nutrition Bang For Your Buck. The Effect of Canned Tuna on Future Wages offers a perspective from the other side of the health/wealth equation. Just three of the hundreds of my videos on more than a thousand subjects—enjoy! Note that the Harvard paper is open access, so you can download its entirety by clicking on the link above in the Sources Cited section.