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Availability Or Price: Bigger Hurdle To Healthy Meals?

A new report finds low-income families are likely to cook at home -- meaning the real quest for healthier meals is more complicated than one might think.

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Cost, not availability, is a bigger factor for those making healthy meals.

Food deserts are not the only obstacle to getting Americans to eat more healthy foods — the problem is much more complicated.

A new study from Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters found that low-income families and families with an unemployed or stay-at-home parent were more likely to cook at home.

Over 60 percent of responders said they were happy with the availability and variety of food in their local grocery stores. What they weren’t as satisfied with was the price.

Aside from price, time is another barrier to healthy meals. Those with the time to cook, plan and execute meals had more success.

Making food available doesn’t mean families will eat healthier, the report cautions. To get more Americans eating healthy food means tackling a variety of issues from time to price to skill.

Read More:

  • Is Universal Access to Good, Healthy Food Really a Problem? (The Atlantic)
  • Study: Low-income Families Cook Dinner at Home Five Nights a Week, Aspire to Eat Healthy (CBS Atlanta)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Great points. It will take a great shift in many priorities in order for this to be doable by most people.

  • KloeK

    The price of healthy food is the main issue. I’m poor so I have this issue.

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