Myth 5: Eating plant-based is expensive.
One unexpected bonus of eating more plant-based foods is that it could be better for your wallet. "Eating plant-based is actually cheaper than eating animal foods," says Whitney English Tabaie, MS, RDN, CPT. "Meat and animal products cost more than fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and grains. Yes, you could end up spending a lot if you rely on a lot of packaged, specialty items, but that's really not necessary for a proper, nutritious diet."
Roosevelt agrees. "A whole foods plant-based diet in general is very budget-friendly. Rice, quinoa, legumes, and most fruits and vegetables are not only nutrient dense, but they are also more affordable than animal-based food products."