Russia Touts 'Crisis Diet' for Cash-Strapped Citizens

Government urges return to traditional foods, for thrift and nutrition
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2009 12:30 PM CDT
Chinese farmers pick cabbage, 150 km East of Vladivostok, in the Russian Far East, September 4, 2000.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Russia enjoyed the recent boom as much as any other country, as high gas prices funded quick economic expansion and citizens took a liking to Western foods such as burgers, pizza, and potato chips, Time reports. But with commodities cheap, credit crunched, and unemployment rising, Moscow is recommending a new diet, heavy on traditional Russian foods, to boost nutrition and save money.

Spartan and nationalistic, the diet calls for foods like cabbage, sour milk, fish, borscht, and whole-grain bread. Not only is it a potential remedy for spreading waistlines, but it costs just $77 a month. That’s important, because the price of food is continuing to rise, and unemployment hit 10% this month.