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Table 3 Cost of current and recommended diets and components, and diet affordability in Queensland

From: Affordability of current, and healthy, more equitable, sustainable diets by area of socioeconomic disadvantage and remoteness in Queensland: insights into food choice

  Mean total diet and food group costs for the reference household per fortnight
Current diet Recommended diet
Food/food groups Mean cost ± SD (A$) Proportion of total cost (%) Mean cost ± SD (A$) Proportion of total cost (%)
Water, bottled $18.14 ± 3.96 2% $18.14 ± 3.96 3%
Fruit $56.05 ± 6.13 7% $79.66 ± 12.64 12%
Vegetables (& legumes) $43.73 ± 3.79 5% $111.82 ± 8.12 17%
Grain (cereal) foods $45.52 ± 5.60 6% $112.80 ± 12.43 18%
Lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds & alternatives $100.35 ± 10.62 12% $194.82 ± 24.42 30%
Milk, yoghurt, cheese & alternatives $50.49 ± 7.23 6% $118.31 ± 18.57 18%
Unsaturated oils and spreads $1.28 ± 0.17 < 1% $8.69 ± 1.41 1%
Artificially sweetened beverages $5.99 ± 1.22 1%
Sugar sweetened beverages $31.96 ± 5.91 4%
Takeaway foods $160.37 ± 33.18 20%
Alcoholic beverages $96.56 ± 6.63 12%
All other discretionary choices $195.71 ± 41.5 24%
Total diet $806.15 ± 99.34 100% $644.25 ± 66.28 100%
Healthy foods and drinks $321.55 ± 29.16 40% $644.25 ± 66.28 100%
Discretionary foods and drinks $484.60 ± 71.93 60%
  Income and diet affordability
Income categories Income (A$) Current diet affordability (% of income) Recommended diet affordability (% of income)
Median gross household incomea $3011.55 29% 23%
Indicative low disposable household income $2358.33 34% 27%
Indicative low disposable household income including government supplements due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic $3336.02 24% 19%
  1. aMean of the median gross household income of all SA2 locations within the relevant classifications included