Food Stamps fuel America’s appetite for junk food

Food Stamps fuelling America’s appetite for junk food

A record 47 million Americans are on food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as it is formally known. This costs the US federal government $75 billion per year. Is that money being spent wisely? Research from the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University suggests not. A study from the center estimates that as much as $2.1 billion in food stamp money is being spent each year on sugary drinks. Some states have proposed efforts to limit purchases to healthy food. But these efforts have been opposed by Big Candy, Big Soda and Big Food. According to the report “Food Stamps: Follow the Money,” companies such as PepsiCo, Coca-Cola…

Fried chicken and soda the popular breakfast choices for elementary students

Half of students who eat out have fried chicken and pop for breakfast

A report showed more than half of elementary students who eat out choose unhealthy food for breakfast. Some students even eat fried chicken and soda as their first meal of the day. Other popular choices included hamburgers, hot dogs, milk tea, and cakes. Nutritionists said children with unhealthy eating habits could consume excess amounts of fat, sugar, and salt, which could lead to obesity, diabetes, and other long term illnesses.