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9/16/02 - Eating Cheaper

When it comes to eating right we come up with a lot of excuses. Now, there may be one less. People say it's just too expensive to eat healthy, but a new study on munching crunches the numbers. Eating healthier may be cheaper than you think.

According to a study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, eating healthy doesn't mean a big grocery bill. Convenient or fast foods may seem cheaper at first, but most of the time you end up buying more than you expected and it only lasts one meal. The key to eating cheaper is buying in season and in bulk.

Debbie Klipfel of Cape Girardeau says, "We'd rather have this kind of stuff in the house rather than sweets." But when Debbie goes to the grocery store to find her favorite fruits and veggies, she also finds that buying them doesn't clean out her wallet. "If you eat the junk food, junk food is really expensive, but if it's a little more expensive it's worth it," Debbie says.

Registered dietician Mary Etta Dunaway says, "There are always good ways to save money at the grocery store. We talk about buying things on sale, buying in bulk, or put it in the freezer." But many of us are eating too much of the wrong things. "They say most Americans use the food pyramid upside down by using fats as the main source instead of fruits and vegetables," Dunaway says. Something that could be changed if people remember, when buying fruits and vegetables, the simpler, the better. "If they're on hand, you tend to eat them," Dunaway says. "If carrot sticks are chopped or in the refrigerator, you will eat them. If you have to clean them, you're not going to do it."

Ready to eat salad mixes, and fruit mixes are also a good way to go. The fear of things going bad may be another reason people don't buy fresh fruits and vegetables, but canned food and frozen foods have nutrients too. "Canned foods do have vitamins A and C in them," Dunaway says. "Buy the frozen bags of vegetables. Get what you want and put them away, that way you don't waste them. They're always on sale and you can buy them in bulk."

Dunaway also says to not waste your money on low-fat or sugar free foods, because they pack a lot of calories and carbohydrates.

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