Expensive is relative. MC Donalds may be "expensive". But it's packed full of calories.I've been wondering about that. The source(s) where I learned about the fructose said the same thing and I've been trying to corroborate it with what I see in the stores.
Lets face it, McDonald's is expensive. Beyond the basic price of the food, there's also tax.
But have you seen the price of those sugar rich cereals? Wow! Three and four dollars for a small box. A box of cookies at three bucks. And it doesn't go far.
Now a gallon of whole milk is around $2.50 -$3 or so and there's plenty of protein and fat there. Chicken is usually pretty cheap when it goes on sale, in fact, its so cheap its tough to raise and slaughter your own for cheaper.
And eggs? Wow, packed with protein and fat and cheap cheap cheap.
It makes me wonder if the high sugar diet we see in the poor sectors are the result of misplaced priorities (or complete lack of), or poor education (no surprise there), maybe laziness (not wanting to spend time cooking), or if it really is rooted in the money, which doesn't seem to make sense to me.
I don't have the answer on this but it is something I have wondered about. I have found our (my) diet to be a lot cheaper than buying all that junk food and certainly much cheaper than fast food.
For instance a cheese burger happy meal is 550 kcals for all of 3 bucks.
Burgers are the same. You can easily get in excess of 1200 calories in an Quarter pounder meal for 6 and change.