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Finding Healthy Food Away From Home

New Research Shows Education and Access Could Play Huge Role

MILWAUKEE, July 17, 2015 - These days more people are eating away from home. It’s easy. We’re busy. The grocery store is too far away - just a few of the reasons people are replacing the store and the stove top for a quick and easy meal.

In fact a new study shows in some areas households buy 79% of healthy food away from home at either full-service or fast-food restaurants, driving up the price of eating healthy.

In “Low-Income and Low-Access Households Expenditures on Healthy Food Away From Home”, corresponding author Andrea Leschewski looks at the shopping and eating trends of more than 4,000 households to see why restaurants are so popular. It may not be why you think.

“We’re showing there is a demand for healthy food in low income areas,” Leschewski said. “It’s breaking the stereotypes that low income areas don’t want things like fresh fruits and healthy entrees.”

Research shows it is the access to those healthy foods that is a big problem. Get a closer look at some of the possible solutions to this issue as the study is presented July 27th during the 2015 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.


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