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Is eating healthy affordable?

It is widely known that “you are what you eat,” but are you really a price tag of $380 a year in groceries?

Reuters describes a new research study that shows how healthy suggestions imposed by the government are actually causing a dent on credit cards because of the rising expenses consumers are faced with. On average, consumers pay at least $7.28 a week extra.

According to Pablo Monsivais, an assistant professor of public health at the University of Washington, following nutritional advice is financially hard for many Americans and the government should do more to help make it affordable.

Monsivais and colleagues surveyed more than 1,000 adults in King County, Wash., to calculate how much it costs to follow the dietary guideline set forth by the Food and Drug Administration’s recommended “daily value.”

For example, to raise daily potassium intake from current average of 2,800 mg to the recommended 3,500 mg costs consumers an additional $380.

“People who have less of a budget have less of a choice,” Dr. Monsivais told CBS News.

With all healthy alternatives in mind, Americans pay an average of $4,000 extra on food that is “recommended” and emphasized by government officials.

Yet, that is not to say that one should solely indulge in high-calorie foods or that with saturated fat because it may be less expensive in comparison to healthy, nutrient-rich food. People should be aware of economical options such as bananas and potatoes, that are great in potassium.

How do you think the government should be involved in people’s dietary needs?