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People struggle to afford to eat healthily

23rd April 2014

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) asked 2,444 adults about their grocery shopping habits and found that 39% sacrificed health benefits for cost.

FruitOne in four adults said they had not bought a single portion of fresh fruit or vegetables in the last week.



Two thirds said they wanted to eat more healthily and half of these said cost was a hindrance.

The 

BHF have said that people can still eat healthily on a small budget.



When asked, many said they bought ready meals even though they knew of the negative consequences on their health.

The BHF have released informative advice to help people with the situation. One recommendation is using canned or frozen fruit and vegetables as a cheaper alternative to fresh produce. Another suggestion is changing the quantity of meat and replacing it with vegetables - which will make money go further and help cut down on saturated fat.

Victoria Taylor, senior dietitian at the BHF, said: "Healthy eating on a budget is one of the biggest challenges of our times. With the increasing cost of a weekly shopping basket it's a real concern that despite people's best intentions, they're struggling to eat healthily."

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Anonymous

Thursday 24th April 2014 @ 10:21

Sir,

Of the surveyed, one in four adults has said that he has not bought any fruits or vegetables in one week.



Forget fruits, it is a appalling that in a rich country such a large percentage of the surveyed persons is not able to buy even vegetables for one week.



But, are we here ONLY to conduct surveys, read them and then COMMENT on them---can nothing be done to alleviate the situation?


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Article Information

Title: People struggle to afford to eat healthily
Author: Dan Boyle
Article Id: 25426
Date Added: 23rd Apr 2014

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