Some Of The Healthiest, Cheapest Foods
By Brandi Monasco
“Buying healthy foods is expensive” is a misconception. Yes, there are salads that cost 2 times more than a hamburger, but when you think about it, eating healthy NOW helps you later on in life.
When you buy only healthy and whole foods, you actually spend right around the same amount as you did when you bought “other” foods, such as processed foods. And not only that, buying healthy and whole foods also helps you not have to spend even more money on medical bills later on for things that were caused or triggered by processed stuff.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to cost a pretty penny. You just have to know where to look and what type of foods are not only healthy, but also cheap!
- Bananas. Bananas cost anywhere between $.40 to $.60 per pound. I purchased about 2 pounds of bananas last week for less than $1.50. They are high in potassium, which is needed for maintaining normal blood pressure and supporting kidney health.
Potassium is also needed to prevent muscle mass loss and supports the preservation of bone density. Bananas are also high in fiber, which helps improve your colon health. They contain high amounts of magnesium, which helps to relax your body, which is what makes bananas great fruits for helping improve your sleep.
- Carrots. Carrots cost about $.65 a pound. They are a rich source of beta carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant. Your body converts beta carotene into vitamin A, which is needed to maintain healthy skin, your immune system and eye health.
Carrots are also great for digestion. They increase the supply of essential vitamins, enzymes and vitamins that your body needs to maintain healthy digestion. They are great in preventing gastric ulcers and other digestive problems.
- Beans. You can find dry beans for less than $2 a pound. Black beans are the best to eat because they are loaded with fiber, calcium, potassium and folic acid.
The calcium found in black beans plays an important role in maintaining bone structure. The zinc in black beans maintain the strength and elasticity of your bones.
Black beans are also beneficial for lowering high blood pressure due to their potassium, magnesium and calcium content as well as being a low sodium food. Studies have also shown that eating black beans can lower blood glucose levels and may improve blood sugar for type 2 diabetics.
- Eggs. Eggs are cheap as well, usually about $2 a dozen and they are good for you because they contain an important antioxidant called lutein.
Lutein helps in building the retina in your eyes. Eggs are also beneficial because they are loaded with protein and vitamin B2.
- Apples. You can pick up apples for less than $1 per apple. There is a reason why you have always heard the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
They contain high amounts of fiber, which keeps you feeling full for longer. They also contain antioxidants that reduce your risk of getting cancer, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.
A study found that eating apples may also benefit your neurological health. The study found that eating apples daily can protect the neuron cells in your brain against oxidative stress-induced neurotoxicity, which plays a role in reducing your risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.
This list is just a few of the healthy foods that you can find for cheap. There is so many more! Do some exploring to see what else is out there!
If you feel like eating healthy can’t be cheap, think again. You really can eat healthy, whole foods for less than what you would pay for processed, canned foods. Take a look at your local grocery store and see what they have to offer. Another suggestion is to keep an eye on the grocery store sales ads. You never know what you can find!
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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