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The Cost of Fruit (aka the "high" cost of healthy eating)

February 2nd, 2013 at 03:21 pm

Bought 3 kinds of fruit today at the neighborhood HEB.

Bananas: 48 cents per lb ... 80 cents for 5 bananas = 16 cents per banana

Grapefruit: "small" (weighing just under 1 lb each!) @ 3 for $1 = 17 cents for half of a heavy, juicy grapefruit

Organic Gala Apples: $2.98 for a "2-lb" bag that actually weighed 2.3 lbs ... 9 apples in the bag = 33 cents per apple

Bananas are a staple in my house. I like to have one each morning. I chose the grapefruit because it's grapefruit season here in Texas (lucky us). And when organic apples go on sale, I usually buy a bag.

Not gourmet or trendy choices for sure. Pretty basic stuff. But "really expensive" or unhealthy? Naw ...

What does a candy bar cost these days?

7 Responses to “The Cost of Fruit (aka the "high" cost of healthy eating)”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    The stuff that comes straight from the ground...real food, isn't pricey at all. Yummy...well, except the grapefruit...too tart for me.

  2. littlegopher Says:

    Agreed!! I fill my grocery cart the same way I do my plate - half-filled with fruits and vegies. There's five of us here (six when my oldest is home from college) - so bags of the fruit you mention and whatever is in season/on sale and bags of carrots (like to use the whole ones and make my own baby carrots) celery and radishes and again whatever is in season/on sale. Maybe it should be thought of as the "healthy cost of high eating" Smile Here's to some good eating!!

  3. littlegopher Says:

    I forgot to mention the frozen fruit and vegies - I couldn't live without my frozen blueberries for my morning oatmeal this time of year or the super convenience of a bag of frozen vegies that I can make into an almost instant stir-fry!!

  4. scfr Says:

    Oh yes, we rely heavily on frozen veggies (and some frozen fruits) too!

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    Amazing price for grapefruit! They were a buck apiece today at my grocery store.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    I'm envious of your banana prices too! We buy lots of fruits and vegetables and figure the health benefits totally out weight the price. And regular candy bars are 75 cents around here...I didn't buy any, but as I was standing in line waiting the other day, I noticed that and remember that Hershey bar used to be 10 cents when I was a kid.

  7. Jerry Says:

    I love grapefruit, especially with powdered stevia on it -- delicious! And you are right, eating well does not have to lead to high prices, if you know what to look for... and having some insurance of better nutrition offers savings on other fronts (medical!) as well. I bet you can get grapefruit for really cheap when it's in season locally like that.

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