Fruits and Veggies Hold $100 Billion Key to Wellness

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Researchers at Tufts University argue in a new study that “prescriptions” for healthy foods could save more than $100 billion in healthcare costs.

Roughly 70 percent of diseases in the U.S. are chronic and lifestyle-driven, according to the CDC, and nearly half of the population has one or more chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease, obesity or cancer.

These conditions cost a lot of money.  In fact, 86 percent of annual healthcare costs in the U.S. are driven by chronic diseases. Meanwhile, U.S. healthcare expenditures tripled in the last 50 years, from 5% of gross domestic product in 1960 to 17.9% in 2016, according to the CDC. Wow.

Food as medicine has been advocated across the healthcare and wellness industries. Last year, the 2018 Farm Bill included a $25 million Produce Prescription Program to fund pilot projects that institute healthier foods.

These food as medicine approaches are gaining real traction,” the study’s author Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, tells Popular Science magazine.

“If pilot studies are implemented and work, there’s a very real chance you could in the near future go to the doctor, a doctor could write a prescription for food, and an insurance company will pay for part.”

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“Prescribing” fruits and veggies would save $100 billion in medical costs

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