Health Watch - Budget Nutrition: Cutting Back

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about eating a nutritious diet on a budget. If you need to cut back on your grocery spending, you can start by cutting out non-essentials or finding less expensive options.

Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you may be able to buy healthy foods on the same budget by dropping expensive, non-healthy items from your grocery list. That includes snack items like potato chips, prepared desserts and sodas. Processed or prepared foods are usually more expensive — like shredded cheese as compared to blocks of cheese. There are also more nutritious and less expensive alternatives for many items. Oatmeal is much less expensive than cold cereal and is very nutritious. Tap water contains beneficial fluoride and is more environmentally friendly — and far less expensive — than bottled water. 

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May 2009

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