Cost Value

The most nutrition for the lowest price

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Many people choose to follow an unhealthy diet claiming that healthy foods are too expensive. This is only a half truth. While grass fed meat and organic local veggies might be a little more expensive, they are well worth the cost. However, there are people out there who simply cannot afford the extra cost. They don’t have to live on peanut butter sandwiches any longer. Cost value will help them to attain nutrition without the extra cost.

What is Cost Value?

Cost Value is a mathematical formula that computes the most nutrition for the lowest price. It is a metric with a threshold of 1. The lower the number, the higher the Cost Value. Foods with a Cost Value over 1 are said to have no Cost Value. Most importantly, it is accessible. Calculate your own foods by simply plugging in the variables. Obtain the W value from The Wellness System:

How do I use Cost Value

Take this list to the grocery store and purchase foods near the top. By following the Cost Value, there is plenty of nutritious food at a low price.

Don’t expect everything on this list to be fresh from the farm. Some foods have low nutrition and a very low price and will have a high Cost Value. To stick to a healthier diet, simply do not purchase the resources that aren’t on your diet. For example, Ramen noodles are so inexpensive that it pushes the Cost Value up even though they are not very nutritious compared to other foods. Simply do not buy those resources.

List of Resources with Cost Value

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Resourcem (g)W (t80)Cost ($)Cost per gram ($/g)Cost Value (($/g)*W)(t1)
Canned Black Beans432280.490.00110.03
Iceberg Lettuce474200.990.00210.04
Milk, Almond240600.340.00140.09
Ramen Noodles5162380.250.00050.12
Brussels Sprouts453242.500.00550.13
Whole Wheat Tortilla45170.370.00820.14
Whole Wheat Spaghetti453511.390.00310.16
Frozen Sweet Green Peas340371.690.00500.18
Canned Tomatoes and Okra411531.590.00390.20
Frozen Edamame396332.490.00630.21
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder15180.180.01200.21
Canned Artichoke Bottoms389332.500.00640.21
Brown Rice9071051.990.00220.23
White Mushrooms226.1261.990.00880.23
Tomato Sauce600502.890.00480.24
Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup304.7801.000.00330.26
Premier Protein Shake Chocolate311591.500.00480.28
Green Beans330263.790.01150.30
Whole Wheat Bread566871.990.00350.31
Atkins Dark Chocolate Royale Shakes325511.990.00610.31
Oatmeal (quick)40680.190.00480.32
Beanee Weenees Original220491.490.00680.33
Flax Seeds453494.190.00920.45
Seedless Red Grapes9071203.580.00390.48
Boca Veggie Burger284334.290.01510.49
Kirkland Protein Bar60201.540.02570.51
SB Venti Hot Decaf Skinny Mocha600545.790.00970.52
Raisin Bran680655.490.00810.53
Peanut Butter4501232.000.00440.54
Portobello Mushroom170273.490.02050.55
Orange Juice2402750.500.00210.57
Frosted Shredded Wheat54700.450.00830.58
Frozen Peaches453903.000.00660.60
Frozen Strawberries4531182.690.00590.70
White Rice4373890.790.00180.70
Frozen Cherries4531073.000.00660.71
Sweet Potato133831.590.01200.99

Author: T Ross

I spent the first part of my life playing piano and composing music. I graduated from UCLA with a degree in music composition and cognitive science. Then I became a User Interface Engineer for four years. I moved home to Raleigh, NC to be closer to my family and began to freelance. On the side, I created a company called Elemental Nutrition & Wellness that uses interactive resource calculators to give people the tools they need to lose weight and boost nutrition. Now I have my own practice as a holistic nutritionist. I help people meet their weight loss goals by fostering self-motivation. You can reach me at

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