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From: L. Golbez ( -
Subject: Re: Food Costs for Vegan Groceries?
Date: July 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm PST

In Reply to: Food Costs for Vegan Groceries? posted by David on July 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm:

The short answer is, usually, yes - at least it has been for me.
However, it doesn't have to be because of specialty ingredients and
doesn't need to be very much difference. The reason it's usually a bit
more is because vegan food tends to be lower in caloric density. You
need to eat more of it so it costs a bit more. Still you can save a lot
by focusing on unprepared foods, getting bulk grains and legumes, and
skipping the stuff that doesn't offer a lot of nutritional value. If
you're not getting a lot of calories for your buck, then you should be
getting a lot of vital nutrients. So greens and fruits are good. Date
sugar and agave, not so much. Since you're a chef, I imagine you won't
want to strip everything down to the bare essentials though. Take what
I say with a grain of salt then. Special sweeteners are not necessary
to survive as a vegan, for sure, but they might be important to make a
recipe work. What do I know?

Basically, you've got two kinds of cheap vegan food:

1. Cheap scratch ingredients / whole foods in pure form (rice, bananas,

2. Absolute garbage (potato chips, cheap cookies, etc.)

The latter is the reason why a vegan diet tends toward either being more
expensive or more unhealthy than an omnivore diet. However, rice,
legumes and cheaper fruits like bananas can balance this out pretty

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