Cost of eating healthily soars

Quest to stay healthy challenged as food prices soar

Fruit and vegetables in some of the UK’s leading supermarkets have soared in price by 30%, according to a new report.

Our quest to stay healthy during the credit crunch is being tested as some of the most popular fruit and veg items on the supermarket shelves are rocketing in price.

The price surge is down to poor crop harvests and rocketing supply chain costs, according to food trade magazine The Grocer.

The biggest price increase was for the cheapest standard bagged potatoes, which have increased in price by 28.7%. Carrots rose by 24.6% while tomatoes and onions increased by 20.3%.

The Grocer said: ‘Cooks who are fans of hearty soups and hot-pots have been worst hit by increases in fruit and vegetable prices over the past year with onions, carrots and potatoes all showing price increase of 20 to 30 per cent year-on-year.’

It might also be time to start popping the vitamin C tablets as white seedless grapes apples and oranges – all natural sources of the vitamin – have shot up by 17%.

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