High food prices mean a third of UK adults are struggling to afford to eat healthily, warns a charity.
The British Heart Foundation, which polled 2,444 adults, found 39% sacrificed health benefits for cost when doing their grocery shopping. One in four said they hadn't bought a single portion of fresh fruit or vegetables in the last week.Two thirds said they wanted to eat more healthily, but nearly half of these said cost was a hindrance.
The British Heart Foundation says people can still eat healthily on a small budget. But it is concerned that some people are turning to cheap convenience foods instead.
The BHF says people should think about inexpensive ways to make healthy meal choices, such as using canned or frozen fruit and vegetables which may be cheaper alternatives to fresh produce. Likewise, vegetables tend to cost less than meat so, the charity suggests, people could try adding more vegetables to meat-based meals. The meat will go further saving money and it'll help cut down on saturated fat too, it says.
Campaigner Jack Monroe found fame as a food blogger writing about living below the poverty line. She survived on a budget of just £10 a week to feed herself and her two-year-old son by creating healthy, cheap meals.
More on this BBC story here. Check out the Jack Monroe food blogger site, not all recipes or food ideas are low carb, but if you are running to a tight budget, it could help you big time.
It is a shame more of us do not take time to prepare and cook meals. It is possible to buy cheaper cuts of meat. Buy vegetables that because of their not so perfect shape can be bought at a reduced price.
Eggs are so full of good nutrients, and yes the free range eggs are great but if your budget doesn't allow then buy what you can afford. An egg at breakfast time is far healthier than a bowl of cereal.
Only my views ...you may not agree.
All the best Jan
The standard definition of healthy food is ridiculousness most of the time, that is why when people have budget concerns they skip on a fresh produce.
Very often the calories-dense food is not considered healthy, but living on kale is admired as a healthy life-style. I guess all canned fruits are better to be avoided.
I remember the time when only root vegetables and cabbage were available from October till May, and only apples and oranges were in stores as fruit choices. We prepared fermented and home canned produce in a season when it was cheap.
I think people buy prepared food because it is convenient.
"An egg at breakfast time is far healthier than a bowl of cereal."
Aww what's wrong with a good coffee and cream?
"Aww what's wrong with a good coffee and cream?"
Nothing I have coffee and cream with my eggs.
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