When family or friends tell me they don’t eat healthy because it costs more, I get it. I really do.
A simple salad can easily cost S$10, or upwards of S$20 if you are at a restaurant. In comparison, hawker fare costs an average of S$5, a fast food set meal averages S$6 and a plate of overpriced scrambled eggs, avocado and toast at a hipster cafe goes for around S$18 after taxes.
At a glance, it makes more financial sense to choose the latter over the former. However, I would argue that if you can afford it, spending a little more for healthy balanced meals goes a long way.
For starters, eating healthy lowers the chances of being diagnosed with diet-related chronic diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes — especially if you are genetically-inclined to contract them. In addition, numerous studies have shown that a balanced and healthy diet helps manage stress and mental health.
So if you’re determined to take control of what you’re putting into your body and want to know if eating healthy is something you can afford in Singapore, here’s the math behind it.