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By Caitlin Richardson | Dodge County FoodWIse Coordinator | UW-Madison Division of Extension
With rising food costs, people have started to be more selective with what they are purchasing. We know that eating a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables has many pros- improved health, more energy, reduced risk of developing health-related diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Here are some tips from the University of Maryland Extension’s “Healthy Cents” to help combat the cost of fruit and vegetables as well as a list of the most affordable vegetables by pound.
- Buy produce in ALL forms–fresh, dry, frozen, and canned. All forms have very comparable nutritional quality.
- Buy fresh produce when it’s on sale- otherwise opt for a different, more affordable form.
- When buying canned fruit look for fruit that is canned in 100% juice.
- Look for no-salt added canned vegetables. If you can’t find them, try reduced sodium, and rinse the vegetables with cool water in a colander before use to get rid of the excess sodium.
Top 10 Affordable Vegetables (by the pound)
|Potatoes||Carrots||Cut Green Beans|
|Cauliflower||Cut Green Beans||Sweet Whole Kernel Corn|
|Whole Carrots||Collard Greens||Green Peas|
|Celery Stalks||Sweet Whole Kernel Corn||Tomatoes|
|Sweet Potatoes||Cauliflower||Mustard Greens|
|Baby Carrots||Broccoli||Turnip Greens|
Source: Healthy Cents Curriculum from University of Maryland Extension