High Cost Associated with Healthy Eating

Cost Now vs. Cost Later

One of the largest barriers to a healthy diet is the high price tag associated with it. Whether it’s organic versus GMO fruits and vegetables or hydrogenated versus non-hydrogenated oils, it is more expensive to follow a healthy versus unhealthy diet. This article will address just how much more an individual can expect to spend on average to follow a healthy diet. It will also seek to address whether or not front-loading savings on an unhealthy diet now will not be outweighed by backend medical expenses later.

The Science

One meta-analysis study evaluated the differences in prices per serving of healthier versus less healthy diets. [1] The study found healthier diet patterns—i.e. diets rich in fruits, vegetables, etc— cost significantly more than diets rich in processed foods, meats, and refined grains—unhealthy diets. [1] On average, the study found a day’s worth of the healthiest diet patterns cost about $1.50 more per day than the unhealthiest. [1]

One reason attributed to this in the study was the infrastructure and processes developed around the production of unhealthier foods. [1] While $1.50 might not seem like much, this comes out to about $550.00 extra per year to sustain such a healthy diet. For many families, such an expense might be too high to justify.

Cost of Chronic Disease

However, such a price difference should be weighed against the price associated with diet-related chronic diseases, such as heart disease. In the long-run, we can do a quick calculation of the study’s healthy diet over 30 years comes to a cost of $16,500.00 for 30 years of extra money spent on a healthy diet.

Now, consider a patient with established cardiovascular disease (CVD). A patient with CVD costs about $18,953 per year! [2] Only one year of having CVD costs more than the 30-year price difference of eating a healthy diet. Such a figure more than justifies the switch to a healthier diet now for the financial benefits that would accrue later on.

Quality of Life Costs

Another poignant point is the quality of life improvement from a lifelong practice of a healthy diet. It goes without saying that someone’s overall happiness will be reduced when they are diagnosed with a diet-related chronic condition.

Someone with heart disease will be less happy than someone with heart disease, assuming all else is equal between the two people. What is the price tag you place on quality of life? Is it worth living with a chronic disease such as heart disease or obesity knowing you saved $1,000? Many people will likely say no.

Where Does ilixer Come In?

So, where does ilixer come in? ilixer derives most of its vitamins and minerals from real food sources, such as organic natural cacao powder, chia seeds, organic masa blue corn flour, organic powdered kale, and organic powdered strawberries. We do not add sugars either—the small amount of sugar in our formula mostly comes from the fruits along with small amounts in the other ingredients listed.

We believe a revolution is taking form with regard to how Americans think about their food. A shift from a dopamine-centered rush of eating unhealthy foods to a health/nutrient centered approach where individuals are conscious about what they are putting into their bodies. ilixer wants to be a champion in this revolution. We aim to save you as much money as possible on your journey to a healthier you.

Consuming ilixer could not be simpler. You simply mix your desired powdered portion with water and enjoy! ilixer can be stirred with water, however, we recommend blending or using a shaker bottle for the best consistency.

So, give ilixer a try. We offer smaller, sample-sized product bags so you can feel comfortable trying ilixer with minimal expense. If you have any questions about our product, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at contact@ilixer.com!

[1]: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/healthy-vs-unhealthy-diet-costs-1-50-more/

[2]: https://www.ajmc.com/journals/issue/2010/2010-03-vol16-n03/ajmc_10marnicholswebx_e86to93

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