Even as the United States federal government issued new dietary guidelines, a study has found that adhering to the recommended diet could prove to be costly for the general public.
The new guidelines recommended that people should avoid eating saturated fat and added sugar and increase intake of potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D and calcium in order to lead a healthy life. Researchers from University of Washington looked into how the new guidelines affected the purse strings of the population and found that increasing the levels of potassium to the recommended levels alone would see a rise in the food bill by 10 percent.
In an article published in the journal Health Affairs, the researchers wrote that increasing the potassium intake would cost an additional $380 while eating saturated fats and sugar reduced the costs.
"We know that dietary guidelines aren't making a bit of difference in what we eat and our health overall. And I think one missing piece is that they have to be economically relevant. They emphasize certain foods without much regard for which ones are more affordable", one of the study authors, Pablo Monsivais said.