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Table 5 Cost of current and recommended diets and components, and diet affordability, by remoteness

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

  Major Cities Outer Regional Very Remote
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 $20.35 ± 1.64 3% $20.35 ± 1.64 3% $15.58 ± 3.76 2% $15.58 ± 3.76 2% $13.46 ± 4.63 1% $13.46 ± 4.63 2%
Fruit $53.38 ± 4.08 7% $72.81 ± 7.97 12% $56.14 ± 1.83 7% $83.42 ± 5.57 13% $69.21 ± 4.34 7% $104.53 ± 8.62 13%
Vegetables (& legumes) $43.59 ± 1.88 6% $110.36 ± 5.38 18% $41.17 ± 3.64 5% $108.90 ± 6.54 17% $50.82 ± 2.18 5% $126.44 ± 7.97 16%
Grain (cereal) foods $44.34 ± 1.98 6% $109.99 ± 2.36 18% $43.05 ± 4.62 6% $106.24 ± 7.12 17% $57.59 ± 5.11 5% $143.29 ± 9.09 18%
Lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds & alternatives $96.45 ± 3.63 12% $184.52 ± 8.71 30% $97.95 ± 5.67 13% $192.07 ± 9.74 31% $125.84 ± 8.47 12% $253.20 ± 22.25 31%
Milk, yoghurt, cheese & alternatives $47.93 ± 2.75 6% $112.59 ± 8.35 18% $48.96 ± 2.01 6% $113.03 ± 3.88 18% $67.13 ± 8.97 6% $160.13 ± 23.70 20%
Unsaturated oils and spreads $1.27 ± 0.06 < 1% $8.42 ± 0.38 1% $1.15 ± 0.12 < 1% $7.86 ± 0.75 1% $1.65 ± 0.10 < 1% $12.13 ± 0.97 1%
Artificially sweetened beverages $5.64 ± 10.21 1% $5.64 ± 14.02 1% $8.85 ± 12.57 1%
Sugar sweetened beverages $31.14 ± 1.57 4% $28.19 ± 3.11 4% $45.43 ± 6.37 4%
Takeaway foods $149.31 ± 6.05 19% $156.40 ± 2.36 20% $225.57 ± 10.16 21%
Alcoholic beverages $96.36 ± 8.50 12% $99.74 ± 51.60 13% $89.62 ± 34.49 8%
All other discretionary choices $182.42 ± 9.50 24% $178.80 ± 15.87 23% $304.41 ± 12.10 29%
Total diet $772.20 ± 14.18 100% $619.04 ± 22.66 100% $772.68 ± 66.04 100% $627.10 ± 21.12 100% $1059.57 ± 36.90 100% $813.18 ± 0.00 100%
Healthy foods and drinks $312.96 ± 10.21 41% $619.04 ± 22.66 100% $309.54 ± 14.02 40% $627.10 ± 21.12 100% $394.54 ± 12.57 37% $813.18 ± 0.00 100%
Discretionary foods and drinks $459.24 ± 7.54 59% $463.14 ± 49.74 60% $665.03 ± 24.33 63%
Income and diet affordability
Income categories Income (A$) 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 $3188.09 24% 19% $2900.56 27% 22% $2406.35 44% 34%
Indicative low disposable household income $2358.33 33% 26% $2358.33 33% 27% $2358.33 45% 34%
Indicative low disposable household income including government supplements due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic $3336.02 23% 19% $3336.02 23% 19% $3336.02 32% 24%
  1. aMean of the median gross household income of all SA2 locations within the relevant classifications included