Tuesday, September 29, 2015
SNAP and nutrition
SNAP participants on average ate about the same number of calories as both higher-income Americans and low-income people eligible but not enrolled in the program, but they consumed fewer fruits and vegetables and whole grains and more added sugars, according to a new review of 25 studies published between 2003 and 2014. "SNAP is working to reduce food insecurity. That's the good news," Tatiana Andreyeva, the study’s lead author stated. "The bad news is that the quality of diet is lower." In the studies Andreyeva reviewed, the average American scored just 58 out of 100 – a failing grade – on a measure of how well diets meet the federal dietary guidelines. But the average food stamp recipient scored even worse: 47 out of 100 in one study, and 51 out 100 in another. Their scores were even lower than what low-income people not in the program got on average: 51 out of 100 in one study and 57 out 100 in the other.
Source: KPBS, 9/18/15, SNAP Diets