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Not sure I want to slash the food budget this far

November 13th, 2006 at 06:30 am

www.scienceblog.com/community/older/2000/C/200002084.html

Basically, it's a study to see what the cheapest subsistence diet would be, meeting minimum nutritional requirements.

"...the optimal solution diet for a 25-50 year old man consists, on a daily basis, of 1.31 cups of wheat flour, 1.32 cups of rolled oats, 16 fluid ounces of milk, 3.86 tablespoons of peanut butter, 7.28 tablespoons of lard, 0.0108 ounces of beef liver, 1.77 bananas, 0.0824 of an orange, 0.707 cup of shredded cabbage, 0.314 of a carrot, 0.387 of a potato, and 0.53 cup of pork and beans. The daily cost of this diet is $1.78."

"The optimal solution diet for a 25-50 year old woman consists, on a daily basis, of 1.13 cups of wheat flour, 1.61 cups of rolled oats, 16.7 fluid ounces of milk, 3.31 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2.59 tablespoons of lard, 0.00724 ounces of beef liver, 1.2 bananas, 0.234 of an orange, 0.561 cup of shredded cabbage, 0.219 of a carrot, 0.384 of a potato, and 0.297 cup of pork and beans. The daily cost of this diet is $1.47."

I've been wondering if I could actually survive on the lowest USDA food plan, and now that looks absolutely luxurious!

Maybe it could work, now and again:

Breakfast--o.j., oatmeal and milk

Lunch-pb and banana on whole wheat, carrot sticks, with a liverwurst sandwich about once a week as a change

Dinner-beans, whole wheat rolls, coleslaw, baked potato

(Not sure how I could eat all that lard, or that I'd want to!)


8 Responses to “Not sure I want to slash the food budget this far”

  1. threebeansalad Says:

    Interesting article. Thanks for sharing.

    Have you seen this recipe database for Food Stamp Educators? http://recipefinder.nal.usda.gov/

    It has actual food costs data from AC Nielesn. It's the only recipe database I'm aware of that has legitimate cost info.

  2. StressLess Says:

    Threebean, that's great. I've bookmarked it and look forward to playing around with it. It's nice to have a search tool that's going to produce low-cost recipes. It always gets me, when I'm looking to use something up, and all the recipes I find for it seem to call for some exotic ingredient. And, if I get around to dieting again, I can put their Nutrition Label data into Fitday! Thanks so much.

  3. tinapbeana Says:

    hmmmm: flour & lard and milk: sounds like biscuits to me!!! don't know if i could hang with the liver, although with it being so little i could probably puree it and add to the pork & beans.

    gotta wonder, though: what do they have to say about folks who dont' eat pork? or vegetarians?

  4. homebody Says:

    I thought the same thing Tinapbeana, the biscuits that is!

  5. happyzookeeper Says:

    I could handle all of it but the liver(blech). However the ? is would I want to?

  6. laceshawl Says:

    My parents lived in England during WW2. They had a very basic diet due to rationing. Mostly bread, potatoes and oats, with about 4oz of meat a week and some dried egg. One cup of milk a day and no sugar. Apparently they were all very healthy and the civilian death rate dropped during the war in spite of all the stress from the bombings. Of course, they all had veggie gardens so they had a good variety of greens, etc.

  7. Broken Arrow Says:

    That is very, very interesting information!

    Enough that I saved a copy for myself so I can analyze it later, and see if I can't improve my diet based on information.

    Thanks for sharing!

    (Oh, and too bad the liver portion is so low. I love liver. Big Grin)

  8. weigt Says:

    interesting link, i've bookmarket it for a second reading.

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