Food costs vary widely in Canada - Heart and Stroke Foundation
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada says that food prices - and particularly healthy foods - vary widely across the country and that puts some Canadians at a higher risk for heart disease depending on where they live. The report, "Heart and Stroke's Annual Report on Canadians' Health", issued by the foundation on Monday, also concluded that many have trouble getting healthy foods at their local store.
Some Canadians are paying between double and nearly six times the average price for healthy foods depending on where in the country they live, according to a report from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, which puts them at risk for heart disease and other ailments.
The report not only found price discrepancies across the country and within provinces, but also found that many Canadians have difficulty accessing healthy foods at their local grocery store.
The report revealed substantial differences in pricing and found that people forgo healthy food because of cost.
Not surprisingly, a survey of more than 1,400 Canadians contained in the report found that 42 per cent occasionally go without a particular type of food because of the cost.
The survey also found that:
- Nearly one-in-five Canadians forgo at least one type of food almost every time they shop because of the cost.
- Almost one-quarter of Canadians have to go without lean meat and poultry, while one in five Canadians have to forgo fruit and vegetables.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation is calling on government to monitor the cost of staple foods and endeavour to make healthy choices more available to all Canadians.
"If governments and provinces can regulate the cost of alcohol," the foundation's Dr. Beth Abramson told CTV Newsnet, "surely we should be able to find some way to make sure Canadians have accessibility to healthy food choices."