233$ per week for a grocery basket nutritional

News 17 March, 2018
  • Photo Marie-Ève Dumont
    Suzanne Lepage, a nutritionist at the body diet Dispensary in Montreal, is pictured behind fruits and vegetables, she advises to get in its nutritious food basket, to meet all needs.

    Marie-Eve Dumont

    Saturday, 17 march 2018 01:00

    Saturday, 17 march 2018 01:00

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    A grocery cart to nutrition, for a family of four, is expected to cost around $ 233 per week, according to the calculations for the Montreal diet Dispensary. This amount does not include household products.

    “We make sure that with this amount, we are able to source products that enable a family to fill all his needs, be his contribution in iron, protein, vitamins and minerals,” says Suzanne Lepage, a nutritionist for the diet Dispensary in Montreal, an organization that helps pregnant women with low incomes to eat better during their pregnancy.

    The Newspaper reported last weekend that a wealthy family of four people had found it difficult to experience healthy food (groceries, restaurant, household products, and alcohol included) during a month with a maximum of $ 210 per week in your pocket. This amount has been calculated by the Institute of research and socio-economic information of Montreal. Several readers argued, however, this week get there with a smaller budget.

    A myth

    “It is a myth that eating well costs more. If one starts with the basic foods, there’s a way to have things that taste good, very cheap, and eating properly, ” says the nutritionist, who recalls that this is the meat and the processed products which are pushing up the price.

    The nutritious food basket, upon which the agency as a “model” includes milk, meat, fish, eggs, fruits and vegetables, legumes, bread, rice, pasta, and also leaves room for small treats. It contains only basic food.

    “We put, for example, sugar, molasses, and flour, and it is for the kitchen itself-even his treats, either muffins or biscuits “, she says.

    The calculation of the diet Dispensary has been carried out from the regular price of food in the month of January (and does not include household products). Therefore, it is possible that people who take advantage of the special happen to fall somewhat on the invoice.

    Monitor prices

    But to get to find the right products at the best price, it is not necessary to spend hours planning, or to browse through the circulars in order to save, ahead of his side Lili Merchant, founder of the site onmagasine.ca.

    Photo Ben Pelosse

    Lili Dealer
    Founder of the site onmagasine.ca

    “I put 1 h to 1 h 30 per week to plan everything. It is certain that in the beginning it is a little longer, but you get used. It is necessary to monitor the prices, store when it is not expensive, it is like that that we save. Coupons, it is less good, it is more for the processed products, but alternatively, to household products, it can be cost effective, ” she advises.