Nutrition and Emotions: How income affects your food choice

Have you ever taken time to look at the pattern of your eating habits? What did you realize? Eating habit is something many people ignore, and they tend to assume that eating is just a regular thing. It is believed that what you earn does not matter but what counts is you’re spending habits. Do you feel that the type of food and the feeding habits costs you an additional budget? If so, then you need to relook at your feeding budget keenly.

People who are informed about nutrition value, are more attentive when it comes to choosing the right food for their family. It might be probably due to the social class they belong or their financial position that dictates them to behave as such. Many people tend to believe that good income results to a quality diet which in a way might be the truth.

This fact, however, is however bound to change due to fluctuations that come about with food price. Regardless of what you earn, your income affects your food choice, and it is good to plan appropriately. In this article, I am going to give you a guide on how you can choose the best type of food factoring in your income.

How income affects your food choice


Food quality

Food quality and price goes hand in hand. When food is of high quality, its rate is always high, and the opposite is still the same. According to Dr. Beydoun A. May and Wang Youfa both from the Nutrition Center School of Public Health in Baltimore US, all adults of higher socio-class eat well compared to those of low class. Primarily these scientists believe that it is because they can afford quality food. They take food with less fat, less cholesterol more fiber, fruits, vegetables, and calcium. The scientist advises that if your income is low, it is good to cut other budgets and improve your diet quality.


Food variety awareness

Information on food variety is essential. People tend to think that expensive food is more nutritious compared to a cheap one. I would say this is an informed perception. Some even develop a negative emotion to cheap food like vegetables thinking that they are of no help. It is believed that good awareness of the best nutritious diet impacts directly on our health. Having a precise knowledge of food variety can always lead you to a helpful diet regardless of your income.


Food price

If you earn less, you need to have a controlled budget that cut cost other expenses giving you the right moment to plan your food budget. People who view price as a barrier to accessing quality food end up surviving in bad diets. This might be a risk to their healthy life because it causes malnutrition.


Food availability

Areas with people of high social class tend to have different places to access quality food. People in such situations can always afford to buy food from supermarkets that offer a variety of food even at a high price. On the other hand areas with people of low income lacks large areas with discount supermarket chains and they end up shopping in groceries that may not contain wide food variety and are more expensive.


Eating habits

Did you know that the more you eat, the more you spend? High-income household always chooses to eat from costly restaurants, unlike low-income people who go for cheap fast foods. It is good to consider more on what you are eating but not the place. Fast foods are less helpful and offer less energy though they are cheap. It is good to eat food that will last for a long time and help you in the long run.



There is always a relation between incomes, food price, and food intake pattern. If your income is high, you enjoy the laxity of affording every type of food. On the other hand, if your income is low, you need to adjust your budget accordingly to avoid poor diets.