Some people may baulk at the seemingly higher price for better quality organic meat, fruit and vegetables at the supermarket.
On the shelf it may seem like you pay more for the added health benefits of grass-fed beef and pesticide-free apples, but in the long run these products may actually save you money.
Junk and convenience food items are full of hidden surprise costs.
Eating cheap, nutrient-poor food can affect many aspects of your health – often these types of foods are high in energy but low in necessary vitamins and minerals.
Australia, like many other developed countries, is seeing higher rates of obesity, with around 37 per cent of the population overweight and 25 per cent obese, according to the Victorian government.
This can be partially attributed to the amount of convenience foods consumed and the amount of exercise done.
Rather than relying on cheap and convenient processed foods, it is better to enjoy a nutritious organic meal – cook up an iron-rich steak and make a delicious salad to enjoy on the side.
It will provide your body with more minerals and vitamins and in the long run will not cost your health.
Obesity puts you at risk of developing other conditions such as high blood pressure and type two diabetes, which means you may need to visit your doctor more often.
Financial burden of eating convenience foods
Healthy eating and exercise will help you to maintain a good weight, which will mean a lower burden on the health system.
Obesity costs the country in more than health expenses, as it can also lead to higher levels of work absenteeism and production lost because of premature death.
Switching from a diet of heavily processed convenience foods to one full of delicious organic fruit, vegetables and meat will affect your health and by proxy, your bank balance.