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Table 4 Cost of current and recommended diets and components, and diet affordability, by area socioeconomic disadvantage

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

  Least disadvantaged areas (SEIFA Quintile 5) Median disadvantaged areas (SEIFA Quintile 3) Most disadvantaged areas (SEIFA Quintile 1)
Total diet and food group costs for the reference household per fortnight
Food/food groups Current diet Recommended diet Current diet Recommended diet Current diet Recommended diet
Mean cost ± SD (A$) Proportion of total cost (%) Mean cost ± SD (A$) Proportion of total cost (%) Mean cost ± SD (A$) Proportion of total cost (%) Mean cost ± SD (A$) Proportion of total cost (%) Mean cost ± SD (A$) Proportion of total cost (%) Mean cost ± SD (A$) Proportion of total cost (%)
Water, bottled $19.84 ± 0.51 3% $19.84 ± 0.51 3% $19.07 ± 1.59 2% $19.07 ± 1.59 3% $15.91 ± 5.77 2% $15.91 ± 5.77 2%
Fruit $54.73 ± 5.12 7% $76.03 ± 10.72 12% $56.45 ± 7.60 7% $81.83 ± 13.71 13% $56.48 ± 4.47 7% $79.56 ± 11.94 12%
Vegetables (& legumes) $42.45 ± 4.09 5% $110.45 ± 6.33 18% $44.81 ± 4.09 5% $112.86 ± 10.85 18% $43.33 ± 2.74 5% $111.53 ± 4.50 17%
Grain (cereal) foods $44.17 ± 4.36 6% $108.41 ± 5.61 17% $45.95 ± 3.76 6% $113.79 ± 9.12 18% $45.91 ± 7.63 6% $114.59 ± 17.40 17%
Lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds & alternatives $95.14 ± 4.04 12% $185.84 ± 9.93 30% $99.91 ± 8.21 12% $192.21 ± 17.52 30% $104.33 ± 13.99 13% $203.85 ± 33.51 31%
Milk, yoghurt, cheese & alternatives $49.41 ± 1.96 6% $118.99 ± 8.95 19% $48.45 ± 4.90 6% $113.44 ± 10.97 18% $53.60 ± 10.11 7% $123.55 ± 26.97 19%
Unsaturated oils and spreads $1.26 ± 0.14 < 1% $8.21 ± 0.77 1% $1.27 ± 0.14 < 1% $8.85 ± 1.02 1% $1.31 ± 0.21 < 1% $8.83 ± 1.96 1%
Artificially sweetened beverages $5.53 ± 14.74 1% $5.96 ± 27.55 1% $6.33 ± 35.95 1%
Sugar sweetened beverages $29.89 ± 2.52 4% $31.54 ± 3.96 4% $33.82 ± 8.37 4%
Takeaway foods $156.94 ± 5.36 20% $168.80 ± 1.80 21% $152.83 ± 9.35 19%
Alcoholic beverages $97.30 ± 7.94 13% $98.66 ± 66.49 12% $93.62 ± 102.02 12%
All other discretionary choices $181.58 ± 11.51 23% $198.41 ± 40.49 24% $201.97 ± 51.95 25%
Total diet $778.25 ± 136.99 100% $627.77 ± 27.91 100% $819.28 ± 93.16 100% $642.04 ± 60.41 100% $809.43 ± 130.17 100% $657.83 ± 85.44 100%
Healthy foods and drinks $312.54 ± 14.74 40% $627.77 ± 27.91 100% $321.87 ± 27.55 39% $642.04 ± 60.41 100% $327.20 ± 35.95 40% $657.83 ± 85.44 100%
Discretionary foods and drinks $465.72 ± 5.46 60% $497.41 ± 66.4 61% $482.23 ± 95.20 60%
Income and diet affordability
Income categories Income (A$) Current diet affordability (% of income) Recommended diet affordability (% of income) Income (A$) Current diet affordability (% of income) Recommended diet affordability (% of income) Income (A$) Current diet affordability (% of income) Recommended diet affordability (% of income)
Median gross household incomea $4241.61 18% 15% $3040.52 27% 21% $2157.72 38% 30%
Indicative low disposable household income $2358.33 33% 27% $2358.33 35% 27% $2358.33 34% 28%
Indicative low disposable household income including government supplements due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic $3336.02 23% 19% $3336.02 25% 19% $3336.02 24% 20%
  1. aMean of the median gross household income of all SA2 locations within the relevant classifications included