By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Most people believe that it is far more expensive to eat healthy but, according to an article in The British Medical Journal – reporting on the largest analysis of research ever on the relationship between healthy eating and cost of food – the difference can be as little as one dollar and fifty cents per day.

That does translate to $550 a year, but the potential benefit of avoiding healthcare costs makes up for that.
The greatest difference in cost was in meats but there was less difference in price between healthy and less healthy options for dairy, snacks and sweets.

These findings suggest that it wouldn’t cost Americans much to eat and drink healthier. But there are other key issues the study does not look at, such as the fact that it is far more difficult to find healthy options in poorer environments.