Does the cost of food affect blood sugar levels? Researchers at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) took data from a study called the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in which blood sugar levels were recoded for 2400 people with type 2 diabetes. The USDA then compared these numbers to food prices over a three month period. They found that as food prices rose, so did blood sugar levels. The take away here, according to economists at the USDA is that when the price of fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods rise, people fall back on processed foods that fluctuate less in price.
A separate study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that it costs about $1.50 more per day, per individual, to eat a healthy diet, and experts say that is especially difficult for people at the lower end of the socio-economic spectrum to cope with.
So we here at The Healthy Diabetic will continue to report on healthy ways to get the best possible food to fuel you, in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible.