Public health studies show access to fruits and vegetables, nourishing recipes, nutritional nudges help us eat better for less
Welcome to eating season.
The unofficial food Olympics — with Thanksgiving serving as opening ceremony and New Year’s Eve as closing bell — marks a national stretch of belly-busting indulgence, when healthy bites seem to surrender to calorie-crammed binges.
Among many Americans of modest means, however, a gluttonous feast is just a fantasy, and good nutrition is an expensive luxury — whether it’s a holiday or a Thursday. In those kitchens, a balanced budget may trump a balanced diet. And fast food is often what’s for dinner.
But now, science is challenging that unhealthy reality. Several recent studies co-authored by investigators at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have found that buying, cooking and eating nutrient-rich meals at affordable prices is entirely doable.
“It is possible to eat better for less,” said Dr. Adam Drewnowski, a public health researcher at Fred Hutch.
In fact, some people are doing it already. [Read more…]