The Cost of Dietary Variety: A Case of Fruit and Vegetables

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and MyPyramid recommend eating a variety of vegetables and fruit; for vegetables, this recommendation is coupled with specific weekly serving recommendations. This study used a linear programming model to show the cost of increasing variety in fruit and vegetable consumption when meeting the Dietary Guidelines for Americans fruit and vegetable consumption recommendations with no within-group variety. Efficacy of efforts to promote increased dietary variety may be limited by economic disincentives associated with purchasing a greater variety of fruit and vegetables.


Issue Date:
2011-11
Publication Type:
Journal Article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/139427
Published in:
Journal of Food Distribution Research, Volume 42, Number 3
Page range:
1-13
Total Pages:
13




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