*If you are trying to eat as healthy as the government wants you to, it’s going to cost you: at least $7.28 a week extra, that is.
A recent update of U.S. nutritional guidelines — what used to be known as the food pyramid and is now called “My Plate” — calls on Americans to eat more fresh foods containing potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D and calcium.
But for a typical consumer, the simple act of adding more potassium to your diet could tack on hundreds more dollars to your annual grocery bill, scientists reported Thursday in the journal Health Affairs.
That could make it tough for many Americans to meet healthy diet recommendations during lean times — and the government should do more to help, according to lead author Pablo Monsivais, an assistant professor of public health at the University of Washington.
“Given the times we’re in, I think we really need to make our health guidance, in particular the dietary guidelines, more relevant to Americans,” he said.
Read more at MSNBC.