Eating healthy can equal cost savings – The Sabetha Herald Inc.

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Sometimes putting dollars behind the message can really motivate people to change behaviors. That’s what a study published in the Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found regarding the reduction of health costs when eating a quality diet. This study is the first of its kind to associate cost savings to healthy eating.

This study looked at two eating patterns recommended by the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. They included the Healthy US-Style and the Healthy Mediterranean-Style diets. Health issues evaluated include reductions in cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and hip fractures.

The overall results showed cost savings ranged from $16.7 billion to $31.5 billion. This is based on a 20 percent increase in the following the Mediterranean diet and Healthy US-Style, respectively. That increase reduced cardiovascular disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes when following a Healthy US-Style diet, and these same diseases plus Alzheimer’s disease and hip fracture reduction when following the Mediterranean diet.

I think we all can use a little extra money in our pockets!

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