Healthy food can fit into a tight grocery budget.Can your supermarket make you fat? That depends on where you shop for groceries, according to a new study. Shopping at deep-discount supermarkets, especially if they're far from home, is linked to higher body weight and more belly fat than buying groceries at neighborhood markets closer to home.
The researchers say this is may be because people who trek to discount supermarkets tend to shop less frequently, and stock up more nonperishables and less fresh produce.
Then there's the belief that healthy food is more expensive than junk food. That depends on how you calculate the cost, according to a new USDA report. If you consider the cost-per-calorie, fruits and vegetables are pricier than proteins, grains, and junk food. However, if you look at the cost per edible weight or per portion -- more realistic measures, say USDA researchers -- fruits and veggies are a smart buy.
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