The Dollar Store Diet

Many amputees require a special diet because of osteoporosis, weight problems, diabetes, or other health issues, and the foods they need may sometimes be more expensive. These amputees may also have additional expenses for healthcare, prescriptions, prostheses, mobility devices, and home adaptations.

If your budget is tight, it might be time to consider dollar discount stores as a stop for your grocery needs, says a University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) study that found that the quality of fruits and vegetables at dollar stores is just as good as regular grocery store produce.

The findings are especially good news for those who live in low-income areas more than one mile from grocery stores—areas referred to as food deserts by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dollar discount stores may exist in these areas and be an alternative for residents who currently access fast food or sugary and savory nutrient-deficient snacks found at gas stations, which can lead to obesity or other health problems.

The researchers found that 84 percent of produce and 89.5 percent of non-produce items were significantly less expensive at dollar stores. Although there was slightly less variety of produce at dollar stores, there was no significant difference in quality.

The team called on public health campaigns to help combat consumer misconceptions associating lower prices with inferior quality and to supply brand loyalists with previous research that shows dollar store brands are typically equivalent nutritionally.

This article was adapted from information provided by UNLV.

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