A study from the team at Deakin University’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences reveals that healthy eating is not more expensive.

The study found that the average family can save up to $1,800 per year by making more sustainable food choices at the supermarket.

The team compared the cost of a basket of groceries based on the Planetary Health Diet, which includes more fresh produce and less ultra-processed food, with a basket of groceries based on the typical Australian diet.

The baskets were costed at Coles supermarkets in metropolitan areas in each state, in a range of different socio-economic areas to allow affordability comparisons.

Ms Tara Goulding, who led the research as part of her Masters in Human Nutrition, said “We found that a family of two adults and two children could save more than $1800 a year on their household food budget simply by choosing healthier food based on the Planetary Health Diet,” Ms Goulding said.

Items in the Planetary Health Diet food basket included brown rice, oats, wholemeal grain bread, fruit and vegetables, nuts and meat (mainly chicken and fish) with beans and legumes also contributing to protein intake.

“Our research shows that low socio-economic households need to spend 17 per cent of their income on average to eat a healthy and sustainable diet but 21 per cent of their income to eat a typical Australian diet,” Ms Goulding said.

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Author: Dev