Diet myth 4: It's more expensive to eat healthy food.
Diet facts: With a little planning, eating healthy foods can actually cost less than shelling out for typical fast-food fare. Are you surprised? A study at the Mary Imogene Bassett Research Institute in Cooperstown, N.Y., found that a person who follows a diet of heart healthy whole foods can reduce her grocery bill by up to $8 a week. That translates to an annual savings of $416 a year for a single person.
Pound for pound, a balanced healthy diet with health-boosting whole foods is a lot cheaper than a fast-food diet. To help pare down your grocery bill, swap legumes for meat products; buy less-expensive produce such as apples, oranges, carrots, spinach and cabbage; and purchase healthy whole grains like oatmeal and rice in bulk.