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Harvard Study Finds Eating Healthy vs. Unhealthy Diet Costs About $1.50 More Per Day

The healthiest diets cost about $1.50 more per day than the least healthy diets, according to new research from Harvard School of Public Health. The finding is based on the most comprehensive examination to date, comparing prices of healthy foods and diet patterns vs. less healthy ones. The study was published online December 5 in BMJ (British Medical Journal) Open. “People often say that healthier foods are more expensive, and that such costs strongly limit better diet habits,” said lead author Ms. Mayuree Rao, a junior research fellow in the department of epidemiology at Harvard and now an MD candidate at Brown University. “But, until now, the scientific evidence for this idea has not been systematically evaluated, nor have the actual differences in cost been characterized.”