I ran across the Infographic below from the folks at BillShrink.com and wanted to share it with you.
We all know that food prices on many of our favorite items are rising, but did you know that the percent of household income that Americans spend on groceries has actually declined rather dramatically over the past five decades?
In the 1950’s Americans spent approximately 30% of their household budget on food. By the new millennium, it had shrunk to just 13%. However, don’t think that we’re eating better. Unfortunately, other data strongly indicates that what we are buying with our food budget tends to have much lower nutritional content per calorie than it did back in the 1950’s.
Want to eat better? Stick to the outer ring of the grocery store. In general, produce, meats, dairy and other high nutrition items are on the outer ring of American grocery stores, with packaged goods and highly processed foods in the center aisle.
Wired Magazine published a great Infographic in 2007 that illustrated this in terms of “cost per calorie”.
Cost per calorie in your local grocery store aisles (click to enlarge):