POSTED: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 11:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 11:34pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The most common reason people skip the produce section while at the grocery store is they think it's too expensive. But, a new study from the USDA finds healthy food is actually cheaper than junk food.
Researchers calculated the cost of healthy food by how much it weighs and the typical serving size, rather than by how many calories it has.
Because heavier fruits and vegetables like potatoes, broccoli and bananas are going to keep you full longer they cost less than potato chips.
Experts say frozen vegetables, beans, legumes, carrots, and most fruits were all found to be less expensive than soft drinks, ice cream, french fries and ground beef.
They also say one of the biggest mistakes that consumers make is that they only spend between 20-25 percent of their food budget on fruits and vegetables, when in reality they should probably be spending 40 percent.