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

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  • Hatzenbuehler, Patrick L.
  • Gillespie, Jeffrey M.
  • O'Neil, Carol E.

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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.

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Article provided by Food Distribution Research Society in its journal Journal of Food Distribution Research.

Volume (Year): 42 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (November)
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Handle: RePEc:ags:jlofdr:139427

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Keywords: Dietary Variety; Linear Programming; Marginal Cost of Variety; Dietary Guidelines for Americans; Consumer/Household Economics; Crop Production/Industries; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety;

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