Salmon is cheaper than hot dogs

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Screen shot 2012 11 16 at 8.34.24 AM Salmon is cheaper than hot dogs

Who isn’t looking for the opportunity to save a little money at the grocery store these days? The American diet typically revolves around the protein portion of the meal which contributes to a large portion of our total grocery bill. Is there a way to save more in this area? We’ve done a little investigating to see what proteins out there are the best bang for your buck as well as your heart. To better compare the information we’ve broken down the costs by calculating the cost per gram of protein provided. This is a nutrient-rich approach and enables a more balanced comparison. As you can see from the list, the most frugal complete protein you can purchase is Textured Soy Protein granules. Soy contains no cholesterol and very little fat which makes it very heart-friendly. We have also included some traditional inexpensive proteins – like hot dogs and lunchmeat. When compared as providing cost per gram of protein, they are among the most expensive items as well as containing considerably more fat and saturated fat – which is less heart-healthy. Who would have thought salmon is cheaper than hot dogs when compared like this? Some food for thought as you are looking at ways to best use stretch your food dollars – ask yourself can I make choices that provide heart-healthy options but are still frugal?

By Stacey L. Krawczyk, MS, RD, LDN

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