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Study: Healthy Diets Costs Families Up To $400 More In Grocery Bills

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Is your healthy diet taking a bite out of your pocketbook?

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou says that’s the conclusion of a new study released Thursday by the University of Washington’s School of Public Health.

Federal guidelines on what to buy and eat to stay healthy can cost a family nearly $400 a year — even for simple things like buying potatoes to get more potassium in your diet or eating only organic or non-genetically modified foods.

“I eat here because it’s healthier, and yes, it is a little more expensive, but it’s worth it,” said one woman at a Whole Foods Market in Glendale.

The study suggested that the government do more in the way of providing coupons or choices for healthy food.

But officials concede that would also require changing regulations in some cases which restrict what people can buy with food coupons.

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