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Eating Well Is Better for Your Wallet Too

Prices jump for burgers and candy, so listen to your doctor and eat more fruits and veggies

It's getting more expensive to get fat.

The Labor Department's latest consumer-price data show Americans are paying more for their high-calorie indulgences — hamburger, snack food and ice cream — and well above the overall rate of inflation.

The cost of food at home, which accounts for a little more than 8 percent of the consumer-price index, increased 1 percent in the 12 months through June. The CPI, which measures the prices of goods and services, was up 0.1 percent from a year earlier.

As Americans fire up their grills this summer, throwing on a burger is 10 percent pricier, while hot dogs are up 3.5 percent. Chips and other snacks have climbed 3.5 percent, candy prices have increased 4.6 percent, and ice cream, cakes, cupcakes and cookies are 1.7 percent more expensive.


But for those looking to lose a few pounds (and for the record, I could stand to lose a lot more than a few), there's good news on the produce aisle and seafood sections of your local supermarket. Not only will your waistline thank you for it — your wallet will, too.

Fish (-1.9%), fruits (-4.7%) and vegetables (-0.9%) are less now than they were in June of last year. While chicken prices have increased 1.1 percent, that's still cheaper than grabbing a burger.


And if sinking your teeth into an apple isn't quite as satisfying as a mouth-watering burger with all the fixin's,  you might take comfort in the fact that beer prices are only 0.9 percent higher.