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When you’re starving, buy a bag of sugar

September 24, 2008

What is the cheapest staple in the supermarket? We took notes today. I looked for the cheapest brand, and the best price per unit. Food values obtained from labels, or the Food Standards Authority. Yes, I accounted for the banana peel (by weighing a handy test banana; didn’t have a taro to hand, sorry, and you can eat kumara and potato peel if you scrub them).

I’ve sorted this table by price. I reckon if you sorted it by nutritional value, it would pretty much be reversed.

Food Weight (kg)
Price ($) Price/kg kJ per 100g kJ per $1
Kumara 1 3.98 3.98 335 842
Banana 1 2.48 2.48 229 923
Taro 1 3.98 3.98 469 1,178
Brushed potatoes 10 9.98 1.00 263 2,635
Rolled oats 0.75 1.98 2.64 1590 6,023
Pasta 0.5 0.99 1.98 1530 7,727
White rice 1 1.85 1.85 1470 7,946
Standard flour 5 6.48 1.30 1450 11,188
White sugar 3 3.00 1.00 1600 16,000

And we wonder why poor people are fat.

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