Low Carb Diets Can Put A Strain On Pocketbooks

Meats and produce are big parts of any low carb diet.
Grocery shoppers know that meats and other low carb foods can be pretty pricey--too pricey for someone on a limited income.
 According to the Food Marketing Institutes 2004 Trends Report, a one person household spends on average $59 a week on groceries. To follow a low carb meal plan, that cost jumps to $99.89 cents for the Atkins Diet and $91.28 cents for the South Beach Diet.
The grocery cost almost doubles. So is low carb only for the wealthy?
 The national health interview study shows that 26 percent of those with income less than $17,000 are overweight compared to 18 percent for those making over $67,000 per year.
Grains, fats and sugars are usually the cheaper priced foods. Those are the same foods the low carb diets tries to eliminate.
For those on a limited income, going low carb could be a financial strain.
The low carb cost difference is evident in some basic family items. For example, a regular jar of peanut butter at a Tyler grocery store, was $1.89 or $0.11 an ounce. A jar of low carb peanut butter was $3.19 or $0.20 cents an ounce.
Those price differences can add up to some major dollars at the checkout counter. So if you are going low carb, be prepared for a little less in the pocket book.

Story by Maya Golden, mgolden@kltv.com