Is it true that fruits and vegetables are more expensive than junk food?
In today’s society in America, we encounter a problem with obesity. The common scapegoat is that the lower class families can not afford healthier foods because they are “too expensive”. So, is healthy food really more expensive than healthy foods?
In an article written by Clara Williams titled, “Eating Healthy Might Prove Too Expensive for the Poor: Fruits, Vegetables May Break a Low-Income Families Budget,” she argues that fruits and vegetables are more expensive for a variety of reasons and that the government needs to step in. Williams uses sources such as doctors and scientists who have researched the effects of eating healthily as well as poorly. Williams quotes, “ “If you took the price of fruits and vegetables down by 10 percent, consumption would not increase,” he says. “There are barriers that go beyond the issue of price. For example, if you pay for health insurance, it doesn’t mean that health care improves.” This gives an example of how the issue of unprocessed food prices are higher in comparison to processed foods. In this article, Williams explains that low-income neighborhoods contribute to the lack of healthy foods in the house-holds. Supermarkets in these types of neighborhoods do not have extremely appealing produce all the time, therefore families/individuals are not inclined to buy it. Instead, they are inclined to buy the packaged foods that have been marketed to appeal to you all the time. In order to fix this problem, Williams suggests that the government should step in and provide more money.
On the contrary, many believe that healthier food is either the same price or in some cases cheaper than processed foods. The main factor in this argument is convenience. In an article called, “Is Healthy Food More Expensive Than Junk Food? the author, Chris Muir, writes that junk food may in fact be more expensive than healthy food. Muir uses data and studies to show that healthy diets cost $1.50 more on average a day than an unhealthy diet, but in the long run, healthy diets will make you feel fuller and satisfy you more. In his article, he justifies his argument by showing the weight of healthy food to junk food; the ratio of weight to price in healthy food is much lower than the processed food.
In brief, I agree with both articles in specific ways. I believe that processed food is more convenient, but can be more expensive than say a banana or an orange. I do agree, however, that there is an economic problem contributing to lower-income families not having access to healthy food items. I think if the United States would focus on decreasing the wage gap, we would have a healthier society overall.
- The healthy food products in the stores are generally more expensive on the shelves whereas the processed foods are less expensive.
- By comparison through weight measurements, the data shows that healthier food items are in a sense “more bang for the buck.”
- Therefore with healthier foods having more value per dollar, it can be concluded that healthier foods in fact aren’t more expensive than processed foods.
- Despite having so much evidence that produce is cheaper per dollar, many people use convenience as an excuse to buy processed foods.
- Even though the government says they are attempting to help the growing wage gap, there hasn’t been significant change in recent years to improve it.
- Many middle and upper class people choose to buy processed foods in spite of having enough money to choose the healthy options.