Briefing 35: The Poor cannot afford to eat as healthily as the rich

Poor people spend a much higher proportion of their income on food than richer households, yet still struggle to afford a healthy diet

Poor people spend nearly a quarter of their income on food, yet still get less nutrition than the rich

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Explaining the data

This data comes from ‘Hard to Swallow’ a report funded by Kellogs and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) and published in March 2013. A report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, ‘Food expenditure and nutritional quality over the great recession’ documents the change in nutritional quality of household food purchases since 2005.

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