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Fruits and vegetables are not only more healthful but are often more affordable than packaged snacks and side dishes, according to a new report ( ) from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. CSPI analyzed 20 popular snack and 19 side dish items, half of them fruits or vegetables. It found that the average price per serving of the fruit or vegetable snacks was $0.34, while the unhealthful packaged snacks cost about twice as much, $0.67. Healthy vegetable side dishes cost $0.27 per serving, while less healthy packaged side dishes cost $0.31 per serving.



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