Hey Healthy, Sexy, Vegans!
Is it possible to eat healthy on a budget, or are healthy foods just too expensive?
Well, the cost of eating healthy really depends on how we measure it. Typically we’ll think in terms of calories—and we want them cheap. (How many calories can I get for my dollar?) By this logic, when we compare two foods like lentils and sugar—which cost approximately the same per unit weight—sugar beats lentils for calories/dollar.
But that’s a pretty limiting way to determine value, right?
Bring nutrition into the mix—vitamins and minerals and fibre and everything our body needs beyond simple calories—and that equation doesn’t make so much sense. Junk foods—and animal products—often offer us more calories per dollar than fruits and vegetables, but it’s fruits and vegetables that make a cheaper meal. When we measure the value of our food by serving size (dollars per meal), plant foods take the prize.
In fact, calories/dollar aside, fruits and vegetables prove the more economic option by all measures!
If you lay out a hundred calories’ worth of cheese, meat, candy, fruits and vegetables on a table, the only ones that will look like a reasonable-sized snack are those last two. More importantly, of course, fruits and vegetables are by far the most nutrient dense of the bunch. To get comparable nutrition for a serving of meat, we’d have to spend three times as much. Now that’s some perspective.
In short, by replacing meat and other animal products with cheaper, more nutritious foods like grains, legumes, fruit and vegetables, we’ll actually come away from our meals healthier, better satisfied, and with more money in our pockets!
This article originally appeared on donnawild.com and has been republished with permission.
About the Author
Donna, revolutionary Vegan Nutritionist and Australian Latin Dance Champion, is a popular plant-based health and lifestyle author who offers a fresh and knowledgeable approach to veganism in forums such as Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Elephant Journal and others.
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