Is it really more expensive to eat healthy?

Is it really more expensive to eat healthy?

An Agriculture Department study found that most fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods cost less than foods high in fat, sugar and salt.  That counters a common perception among some consumers that it's cheaper to eat junk food than a nutritionally balanced meal.  The government says it all depends on how you measure the price. If you compare the price per calorie - as some previous researchers have done - then higher-calorie pastries and processed snacks might seem like a bargain compared with fruits and vegetables.  But comparing the cost of foods by weight or portion size shows that grains, vegetables, fruit and dairy foods are less expensive than most meats or foods high in saturated fat, added sugars or salt.  That means bananas, carrots, lettuce and pinto beans are all less expensive per portion than French fries, soft drinks, ice cream or ground beef.  ***But that doesn't change the fact that French fries, soft drinks, ice cream and ground beef all taste better and are more fun to eat.