The Heart and Stroke Foundation has urged South Africans to stay away from unhealthy food choices amid increasing food prices.
The foundation says escalating food costs will influence what consumers buy to eat.
Many will opt for cheaper, possibly less healthy diets.
An NGO, the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (Pacsa), has found low-income households prioritise buying staple non-perishable foods above perishable nutritional foods.
Dietician Gabriel Eksteen says people should try to find a balance where they can.
“We know in the long-term that healthy lifestyles are a substantial cost benefit to cost savings and medical savings. It’s a difficult decision to make in the short-term, if you can’t make ends meet.”