More than half of women say the cost of food keeps them from eating healthy, according to a recent poll from the publisher of Consumer Reports.
Almost all of the women surveyed said they are trying to make healthier choices. More than 70 percent look at nutrition labels and 53 percent say they have consciously been trying to buy healthier foods in the past year. Fifty-five percent say they have even tried to get their family members to eat healthier. But cost remained the biggest deterrent, with 57 percent of women citing it as the biggest barrier to nutritious grub.
But healthy eating doesn't have to break the bank. In fact, according to a new study from the Agriculture Department, it doesn't, if you compare foods by weight and portion sizes.
Nutritionists and savvy shoppers have been making this point for years, highlighting strategies to make healthy eating even more budget-friendly. Some good rules of thumb: Buy fruit and veggies frozen or only what's in season. Buying in bulk can often cut down on cost, as can opting for a store-brand over a name brand. There are also a great number of ways to make homemade, healthier versions of your favorite store-bought eats -- including things like bread, granola bars and pasta sauce.
You've probably heard of most of those money-saving techniques -- and perhaps even tried a few yourself. But there are other, less well-known ways to get more healthy bite for your buck.
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