Which 67 Foods Are Counted In The Nutritious Food Basket
Every year in the month of May, Health Units throughout the province of Ontario are required to do a survey. It is known as the Nutritious Food Basket Survey. The goal of this survey is to monitor the affordability of food.
It measures the cost of foods that the Province of Ontario has determined to be necessary for basic healthy eating. As a result, it is supposed to demonstrate how low income families are struggling to pay rent, bills, and to buy healthy food too.
This survey measurement DOES NOT measure the lowest cost of this Nutritious Food Basket. Rather it takes all the prices on the same 67 food items from all stores, and averages the cost out.
But have you ever wondered? What are the 67 foods that the Health Units are pricing out? Are they even foods that you and your family buy? Do you even want to buy them?
Today we will look at what these 67 items in the Nutrtious Food Basket.
Note, we will not go into all of the exact package sizes and such that the Health Unit has to specifically price out. No, today, let’s just look at the bare basics of the 67 items. (This is the current updated list of 67 items being priced as determined in 2009.)
- Chicken Legs with NO back attached (not quarters)
- Beef—Inside Round Roast
- Beef—Inside Round Steak
- Lean Ground Beef
- Pork—Loin Centre-cut Chops, bone-in
- Processed meat—pre-packaged sliced ham (not low fat)
- Sweet Potatoes
- Romaine Lettuce
- Green Sweet Pepper
- Rutabagas (aka Yellow Turnips)
- Cucumber, any variety
- Iceberg Lettuce
- Mushroom, any variety
- Yellow Onions
- Apples, any variety
- Red or Green Grapes, seedless
- Oranges (NOT mandarin, clementine, tangerine, etc)
- Pears, any variety
Cheese and Milk
- Milk, partly skimmed, 2% M.F.
- Processed Cheddar Cheese slices
- Mozzarella Cheese Bar
- Cheddar Cheese Bar
- Yogurt, fruit flavored, 1-2% M.F.
- Eggs, Large Chicken Eggs
- Margarine, tub, non-hydrogenated
Frozen Food Items
- Fish Fillets, the cheapest of Haddock, Sole, Pollock, or Halibut)
- Green or Yellow Beans
- Mixed Carrots and Peas
- Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate
- Frozen Strawberries, unsweetened
Dry and Canned Goods
- Lentils, dry
- Arrowroot or Social Tea Cookies
- Saltine Crackers, unsalted
- Smooth Peanut Butter, with sugar and salt added
- Vegetable Oil, canola or canola blend
- Whipped Dressing such as Miracle Whip, but NOT Mayonnaise
- Regular Italian Salad Dressing
- Spaghetti Pasta Noodles
- White Rice, long grain, parboiled, or converted
- Peanuts, dry roasted
- Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce
- Canned Tuna in water
- Pink Salmon, canned
- Peaches, canned halves or slices in water, juice, or light syrup
- Whole Corn Kernels
- Tomatoes, whole, not stewed
- Apple Juice, unsweetened, pure or from concentrate
- Tomato Juice Cocktail, regular or Vegetable Cocktail, regular
- Bran Flake Cereal with Raisins
- Toasted Oat Cereal
- Regular quick cooking oatmeal, NOT instant
- Whole Wheat Flour
- White Flour
- Raisins, any variety
- Whole Wheat Pita Bread
- 100% Whole Wheat sliced Bread
- White sliced Bread
- Hamburger Buns
How Many Of The Items On This List Do You Actually Buy And Eat?
Now that you can see the list for yourself, how does it actually compare to your own eating habits?
I’ve blue texted the items that Barry and I actually use on this particular list. Now that doesn’t mean we are starving by any means. It just means that this list does not do a fair representation of the particular food items that we regularly buy.
For instance, in the case of a tub of margarine. We don’t buy margarine, but we do buy unsalted butter. Also, we don’t purchase Whipped Salad Dressings. We only use the real stuff—Mayonnaise. And also we don’t buy unhealthy Canola Oils. We only buy and use Olive Oil.
So, as you can see, if the list doesn’t represent my family’s actual grocery habits, it probably doesn’t describe your family accurately either.
This Is What We Buy For Meats
We purchase other cuts of meats that the Province of Ontario does not have the Health Units price out. Our list of meats that we regularly purchase include:
- Chicken Legs with Backs Attached
- Chicken Breasts with or without skin and bone in or boneless
- Whole Chicken
- Outside Round Roast–Beef
- Pot Roast–Beef
- Outside Round Steaks–Beef
- Medium Ground Beef
- Pork Roast, any variety
- Pork Chops, any variety
- Peameal Bacon
- Black Forest Ham
- Ham with Bone-In
- Salmon Fish Fillets
- Basa Fish Fillets
- Tilapia Fish Fillets
What meats do you actually buy for your family?
Do you know how we can have as wide a meat selection as this? Because I never buy any cut of meat over $8.80/kg. And I really prefer to pay less than $5/kg. That is easier to accomplish than you might think. Check out this article: How To Read A Meat Label.
There Are A Variety Of Ways To Have Nutritious Food
So, don’t be dismayed, if like Barry and I, you don’t actually ever purchase the vast majority of the 67 items listed here. There are a variety of ways to feed your family nutritiously and address Food Security Issues in your home.
That is why Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs wants to help EMPOWER you towards a HOPE and a FUTURE. You will find several articles here to help you put healthy food on your tables for less money. And that is especially important if you have less money.
So, comment below and let me know what is in your Nutritious Food Basket?