Are low-cholesterol diets expensive?

J Am Diet Assoc. 1979 May;74(5):558-61.


To serve as the basis of cost comparison, USDA "moderate-cost" and "thrifty" menus for one week were modified to meet guidelines for a cholesterol-lowering diet. Prices of individual items on the menus at both cost levels were obtained from two supermarkets and averaged. Items on the moderate-cost, cholesterol-lowering diet were $1.37 less than the USDA menus. At the low-cost level, the modified menus cost 22 cents more. In neither case was the difference significant by the t-test.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Cholesterol, Dietary*
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Heart Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Hypercholesterolemia / prevention & control*
  • Male
  • Menu Planning
  • Middle Aged
  • Socioeconomic Factors


  • Cholesterol, Dietary