The idea that it’s impossible to eat a healthy diet on a tight budget is little more than a myth. The Department of Agriculture put this question to rest when it showed that Americans can meet fruit and vegetable food pyramid recommendations “for as little as 64 cents” a day. The same report found that there are “127 different ways to eat a serving of fruits and vegetables for less than the price of a 3-ounce candy bar.”

USDA further reports that you can buy a four-pound chicken, a pound of lettuce, a pound of potatoes, and a pound of oranges for a little more than six dollars.

Myths like this are almost always driven by political agenda. In this case, it’s the growing cadre of food cops who want to remake our diets through regulation, taxation and litigation. They figure if “unhealthy” food is too cheap, we should tax it until it’s expensive. With such an unpopular policy proposal, it’s no wonder they’ve resorted to distorting the facts.