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Federal dietary guidance advises Americans to consume more vegetables and fruitsbecause most Americans do not consume the recommended quantities or variety. Food prices, along with taste, convenience, income, and awareness of the link between diet and health, shape food choices. We used 2008 Nielsen Homescan data to estimate the average price at retail stores of a pound and an edible cup equivalent (or, for juices, a pint and an edible cup equivalent) of 153 commonly consumed fresh and processed fruits and vegetables. We found that average prices ranged from less than 20 cents per edible cup equivalent to more than $2 per edible cup equivalent. We also found that, in 2008, an adult on a 2,000- calorie diet could satisfy recommendations for vegetable and fruit consumption in the2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (amounts and variety) at an average price of $2 to $2.50 per day, or approximately 50 cents per edible cup equivalent.

Keywords: food prices ; food budgeting ; fruit and vegetable consumption ; 2010 DietaryGuidelines for Americans

Subject(s): Consumer/Household Economics

Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety

Issue Date: 2011-02

Publication Type: Report

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Total Pages: 31

Series Statement: Economic Information Bulletin

Number 71

Record appears in: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) > Economic Research Service > Economic Information Bulletin

Autor: Stewart, Hayden ; Hyman, Jeffrey ; Buzby, Jean C. ; Frazao, Elizabeth ; Carlson, Andrea


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