A new study has confirmed what many people have argued for a long time: The U.S. government food stamp program (SNAP) does not give people enough money to buy the fresh foods the U.S. dietary guidelines recommends that they eat every day. This explains previous findings demonstrating that some of the cheapest foods–highly processed and additive-laden packaged foods–are being consumed far more often by the poor and working poor, while their higher-income counterparts more often choose fresh, whole foods. It also helps to explain the increased incidence of diet-related illnesses and healthcare costs among low-SES groups in the U.S. Classism? Apparently. And also highly myopic.
SNAP benefits aren’t enough to afford a healthy diet
Journal Reference: Kranti Mulik, Lindsey Haynes-Maslow. The Affordability of MyPlate: An Analysis of SNAP Benefits and the Actual Cost of Eating According to the Dietary Guidelines. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 2017; 49 (8): 623 DOI: 10.1016/j.jneb.2017.06.005
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