Wholesome meals are costlier than sugar and processed meat

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Grocery costs rose an average of 18% between 2010 and 2020, the national statistics bureau said on Friday, CBS said, but healthy food prices have risen faster than sugar, butter, and processed meat products.

Overall, prices for fruits, vegetables, and low-fat products rose 21% over 10 years, while prices for unhealthy products rose 15%, according to the CBS.

Some products – including ice cream and candy – were actually cheaper last year than they were 10 years ago. Eggs cost almost 47% more, while skimmed and skimmed milk are 43% more expensive. Fresh fruit is up 26% – but that depends largely on the harvest, the CBS points out.

According to the CBS, the average household spends around 13% of their disposable income on food and drink, or an average of $ 7.18 per day. The Nibud Family Spending Institute says the average adult can eat a healthy, balanced diet based on government recommendations for $ 6.27 a day.

The Dutch government is coming under increasing pressure to take action to improve the nation’s diet. In April, the government’s health advisory body, RVS, stated that more needs to be done to promote healthy eating, including a ban on advertising unhealthy foods and lower VAT on vegetables and fruits.

The RVS also said that local councils should be allowed to refuse fast food restaurant licenses in order to promote healthier living environments and that the government should introduce a tax on sugar.

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