Clients of a Dubbo-based dietician tell her fruit and vegetables are too expensive to incorporate into their daily lives, but the city’s greengrocers disagree.
Greater Western Area Health Service dietician Elesha Honeysett said it was possible to eat adequate amounts of fruit and vegetables but people perceive that it was not value for money.
Supermarket operator Mark Crutcher said prices had actually fallen and that there was fresh food to cater for every budget.
His advice comes despite a predicted doubling of the tomato price after it was revealed yesterday millions of seedlings were poisoned in north Queensland.
Adults need five serves of vegetables and two serves of fruit a day, and children have different requirements, depending on their age, Ms Honeysett said.
“People are definitely more often than not struggling to get fruit and vegetables in their diet, especially vegetables,” she said.
“Sometimes cost is used as an excuse if people are not a fan of vegetables.
“To me replacement foods may cost just as much but they’re perceived as having better value for money.”
Mr Crutcher was confident that greengroceries were not out of reach of typical families in the city.
“Fruit and vegetables are definitely in the affordable range of families … (especially) compared with the price of junk food,” he said.
Seasonal factors including storms caused prices to fluctuate, but more competition had brought prices down in the past two years, he said.
Customers could maximize value by comparing prices, choosing appropriately sized items and only buying what they could consume in two days to avoid waste.
“There’s always something to cater for every budget, and sizes for every budget,” he said.
Woolworths, constructing its third store in the city, also said vegetables were in reach of Dubbo families’ budgets.
“Woolworths are committed to encouraging Australian families to eat more fresh produce everyday and we have lots of specials, variety and recipe ideas online to help everyone reach their goal of five veggies and two pieces of fruit a day,” company spokesman Benedict Brook said.
“To help spread the veggie dollar further always look for in-season produce.
“When food is in abundance in Australia prices are usually great and can come down by as much as half or even more.”
People should have a look each week at fresh produce prices to help them gauge when prices were high and when they were low and should be snapped up, and it also paid to plan meals ahead of shopping trips, he said.
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