Veggies are good for you, and if you're up for taking on a full vegetarian diet, you can save hundreds per year, according to a recent study.
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Published in the Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, the study compares USDA-recommended weekly meal plans, which include meat, with similar meal plans that are strictly plant-based. Both plans include 2,000 daily calories.
Overall, the study found that the regular meal plan (which they call MP) costs $1,020 more than the vegetarian meal plan. Plus, the vegetarian diet included 25 more vegetable servings, 8 more fruit servings, and 14 more servings of whole grains per week. The study's abstract concluded:
An economical version of MP costs $US746.46 more per year while providing fewer servings of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
Of course, this study simply quantifies what we could save on a vegetarian diet; it's not to say you should switch to a vegetarian diet. Depending on your nutrition goals or simply your penchant for protein, meat might be a staple for you. This is just a reminder that going meatless, even just one night a week, can save you some cash.
Check out the study for yourself at the link below.
Economical Healthy Diets (2012): Including Lean Animal Protein Costs More Than Using Extra Virgin Olive Oil [Taylor and Francis Online via Time]