A new study suggests a bowl of rice or a banana can be the most nutritious food you can get in the U.K. with a serving of rice costing less than £1.
The findings are based on data collected from nearly 50,000 people over the past two years, according to The Times.
“The data showed that the cheapest, most nutritious foods were rice and bananas.
It was also the most economical to buy,” study author Professor Chris Condon, of the University of Leicester, told the Times.
The study also found that people are generally better served by eating their own food rather than buying food from a supermarket.
“In fact, people who bought their own foods tended to eat the same amount of food as people who ordered from supermarkets,” he said.
“This is a clear sign of how the market operates.
It’s not a perfect market.”
The study found that the poorest people were actually more likely to eat less expensive food than wealthier people.
“When we looked at how people were eating in the poorest areas of England, we found that there was a much higher proportion of people eating at the margins,” Condon said.
The most affordable food was in the most deprived areas of the country.
The researchers also found food prices are rising because of the economic downturn.
The average price of a serving was $1.24, while the average price for a meal was $4.40, and the average cost of a drink was $5.80, according a news release from the University.
The research was conducted between March and June of this year, according the Times, and involved a total of 4,636 people.
The authors say the findings “suggest that prices may be rising as the UK economy recovers.”