The Cost of Keto

When it comes to health, I would rather spend money on high quality food and supplements now than pay for expensive medical bills later. Of course, you might think this quite an idealistic view but I truly believe that by eating the right foods, we can considerably reduce our risk of illness and disease.


It’s common for people to be put off changing their lifestyle due to insufficient time or funds. However, there are no excuses when it comes to a high fat, low carb diet. Admittedly, some foods recommended on a ketogenic diet are on the pricey side, such as wild sockeye salmon or grass-fed/finished steak. Obviously, I would revel in the opportunity to eat a succulent, grass-fed fillet steak two or three times a week but, at the moment, the cost is too high. I want to support the kind of farming that upholds the highest animal welfare, with animals grazing on luscious, green pastures whilst receiving optimal care from independent farmers. This type of farming is better for the animals, better for the environment, the farmers, and for you1. If that guarantee means paying more for my meat, then I will happily compromise and eat it less frequently.

That being said, not all high quality meat is expensive. In fact, the price of organic, grass-fed/finished beef or lamb mince is the same as the cost of some supermarket mince. The difference? On one hand you have meat which is higher in omega 3 fats, antioxidants, saturated fats, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) and TVA (trans-vaccenic acid), on the other you have, well, the opposite2 3.

Sardines! An incredibly cost-effective staple. Due to their location on the food chain, they are less likely to contain concentrated amounts of heavy-metals, such as mercury, than a lot of other fish. This restores piece to my mind when I’m considering eating them for the second time in a day; and, at about 40p per can, I see no reason not to. They are a fast way to pack in an array of essential nutrients which boost both brain and body performance and they taste delicious.IMG_3825.large

When it comes to vegetables, I try to eat organic whenever I can as high levels of pesticides can be found on a lot of non-organic produce, such as kale. The Environmental Working Group has formulated a useful list, The Dirty Dozen4. This states the fruit and vegetables which contain the most pesticides. Again, the price of organic produce is higher but more beneficial in the long run.

Top tip: Organic produce can be cheaper from a local market than the supermarket, so it’s worth shopping around for the best price.




7 thoughts on “The Cost of Keto

  1. Good post. Even though generally speaking our individual food items are more costly on keto, we are still saving up to 30% on our overall food bills compared to our high carb days due to the fact we are buying much less crap, plus we are all healthier! Win-win 😉👌🏻✌🏻️👍🏻

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    1. Thank you. That’s great! My experience has been very similar; the cost of a high carb diet was noticeably more as I had to consume a lot more food in order to feel satiated. I am pleased to hear that you are in better health since following a higher fat diet as well! ☺️💪🏼


  2. “If that guarantee means paying more for my meat, then I will happily compromise and eat it less frequently.”

    Couldn’t agree more. Besides, grass fed eggs are relatively affordable and highly nutritious – I could easily have them every day! This way, a high-quality piece of meat comes as a cherry on top every now and then. 🙂

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  3. I now get all my shopping from Sainsbury’s (UK), which is generally one of the most expensive places to buy food. However they have the best organic veg section, but also the best selection of cheap organ meats. So I save on the meats and spend more on the veg. So works out the same as a Tesco’s or an Asda.


    1. Oh really? Sainsbury’s isn’t my local supermarket so I haven’t tried a lot of their produce but I will have to venture out and see what I can find. The organic veg section isn’t very extensive in most of my local supermarkets so thank you for the recommendation! I try to do the same and spend less on certain foods to enable for more expensive organic ones.


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