Survey found healthy diets may cost more


August 4, 2011 2:14:00 PM PDT
The high cost of a healthy diet may make it difficult for many people to meet new US nutritional guidelines.

The new dietary recommendations are aimed at fighting obesity rates.

Americans are urged to eat more foods containing potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D and calcium. But that can add hundreds of dollars to the average person's grocery bill over a year.

However, it appears those consumers are getting the most nutritional bang for their bucks.

A survey of 2,000 adults in Washington State found that those who spend the most on food get the highest amounts of potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D and calcium.

Those who spend the least, eat the most saturated fat and added sugar.

The study appears in the journal Health Affairs.