Food Environments Food affordability

Cost of animal-source foods relative to the starchy staples in a least-cost healthy diet


Cost of the least expensive animal-source foods as a multiple of the least expensive starchy staples to meet intake levels recommended in food-based dietary guidelines. Data available for 2017.


Shows the relative cost of the recommended amount per day of animal-source foods compared to the recommended amount per day of starchy staples. A ratio greater than 1 indicates a high-cost food group. A ratio less than 1 indicates the food group costs less than the cost of starchy staples.