A new survey shows Canadians are finding it harder to afford to eat healthy foods and will likely change their shopping habits due to increasing costs (Shutterstock)

Eating healthy food: becoming too costly?

Canadians find it more difficult to choose healthy food options

A recent survey has revealed that fully half of all Canadians say it’s becoming more difficult to buy healthy foods. About 40 per cent say that following the recent edition of the Canada Food Guide would make it even more difficult.

After being shown the guide, many Canadians said it would be challenging to afford the plate of food shown (Canada Food Guide-Angus Reid)

The Canada Food Price Report says costs are expected to rise by about 3.5 per cent this year.

The CFP report independent researchers from the University of Guelph, and Dalhousie University says costs will increase by over $400 this year for a family of four to about $12,157 for the year.

The survey by the non-profit Angus Reid Institute noted that while food costs are increasing, middle-class wages have been relatively stagnant. The survey showed that almost half of respondents across all income levels indicated that had more difficulty affording food in the past 12 months, even in the six-figure income bracket.

Angus Reid Institute

More than half (55%) of households earning less than $50 say they’ve switched to cheaper brands, cutting back on meat (59%), cutting back on vegetables and fruit (39%), and had to resort to food banks (16%)

The survey also showed that overall a clear majority (75%) had chosen less healthy food options due to cost.

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