I’ve heard many times, on here, as well as in an interview with Michael Pollan that the cheapest calories per dollar in the grocery store was to buy cookies. The discussion then goes on about how this is harmful to the health of poor people.
I didn’t believe it then, and I don’t believe it now. Sure, cookies may be the cheapest calories among ready to eat foods, and things like fresh vegetables are healthier but expensive (especially out of season). However, was at the grocery store tonight, picked up a 25 lb bag of flour for $7.99. A quick look at the cookie isle showed the cheapest at 2lb for $2.79.
The label on the cookies said 27 servings at 130 kCal each for 4320 kCal or $0.00065/kCal. The label on the flour said 378 servings at 110 kCal each for $0.00019/kCal. Cookie calories cost three times as much as a bag of flour. Yes, it is more work to eat the flour, but not all that much, you do need a way to cook or bake. Probably every so slightly healthier too. I didn’t think to price the bucket of lard, thats probably even cheaper (tho not so healthy).
If I was poor again, I would go back to buying the big sacks of beans, oatmeal and flour for my cheap calories. A bit more work, and you need a place to cook and store, but healthier and cheaper than the cookies, or other prepared food.
Does anyone on here feel like defending the cookies claim?