Healthy Diets Are Too Expensive for Most Indians
This policy brief presents the findings of a TCI study assessing the cost of the EAT-Lancet diet in India. The study reveals a significant gap between current food consumption and the EAT-Lancet diet in India. The EAT-Lancet diet costs $3-5 per person per day in rural India, depending on the season, while the average individual in rural India spends only $1 per day on food.
Based on these findings, TCI recommends that Indian policymakers:
- Promote crop diversification to increase the availability and affordability of nutrition-rich foods.
- Invest in well-functioning markets and rural supply chain infrastructure.
- Increase demand for and consumption of nutritious foods through behavior change communication campaigns, women’s empowerment, and food safety net programs like PDS.