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Many low-income Americans can't afford to eat healthy foods(Spinach Barf Alert)
Yahoo News ^ | 11-22-07 | Amanda Gardner

Posted on 11/22/2007 11:21:14 AM PST by kik5150

In this land and season of plenty, low-income and rural Americans continue to have difficulty finding healthy foods that are affordable, a new study finds.

One study shows that low-income Americans now would have to spend up to 70 percent of their food budget on fruits and vegetables to meet new national dietary guidelines for healthy eating.

And a second study found that in rural areas, convenience stores far outnumber supermarkets and grocery stores -- even though the latter carry a much wider choice of affordable, healthy foods.

"I think it's a matter of raising awareness among health professionals -- and that could be dieticians or diabetes educators or even doctors -- that when we typically give people a recommendation to eat more fruits and vegetables, that is actually so much more complicated in a rural environment," said Angela Liese, study author of the second report and an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

"There needs to be some thought given to how do you make these recommendations," Liese said.

Both studies appear in the November issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, a themed issue on poverty and human development.

New dietary guidelines recommend that Americans eat nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day, up from five servings in the previous guidelines.

Despite clear evidence that eating your vegetables can ward off heart disease, diabetes and cancer, only 40 percent of Americans meet the old guidelines and less than 10 percent meet the new guidelines, according to one 2006 study.

People with more money eat more fruits and vegetables than those with less money, research shows. In turn, poorer people also assume a greater disease burden relative to their wealthier counterparts.

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Oh sure, they can super-size themselves at McDonalds or Burger King, but can't afford an apple or a carrot. Give me a break.
1 posted on 11/22/2007 11:21:15 AM PST by kik5150
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To: kik5150

Exactly.


2 posted on 11/22/2007 11:22:55 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: kik5150

Oh, BS! Go to the grocery store and look at the prices on canned veggies. They’re practically giving that stuff away. Poor people live on cigarettes and junk food. I love drive-through burgers as much as anybody (Whoppers Rule!) but you have to eat your veggies, too.


3 posted on 11/22/2007 11:26:03 AM PST by ozzymandus
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To: kik5150

Obviously, the government needs to distribute all our food so we can eat the right things. They just want to help us.


4 posted on 11/22/2007 11:29:43 AM PST by donna (We live in this fog of political correctness, where everything is perpetual deception.-John Hagee)
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To: kik5150
Fine with me, let's give them Food Stamps for free healthy food!

Ohhhhhhhhh, I forget, we already do that!

The answer is "Many low-income Americans (and illegal aliens) don't WANT to eat healthy food!

5 posted on 11/22/2007 11:29:59 AM PST by zerosix (Native Zenith Sunflower)
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To: kik5150
"Many low income Americans can't.."

Earn more money and then you will be able to..


6 posted on 11/22/2007 11:30:49 AM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: kik5150

Let’s see...how much do beans, some ham bones and a can or bundle of fresh greens cost?


7 posted on 11/22/2007 11:31:39 AM PST by Clara Lou (Thompson '08)
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To: kik5150

Study says to eat more and another study says were already too fat.


8 posted on 11/22/2007 11:33:13 AM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: kik5150
...rural Americans continue to have difficulty finding healthy foods that are affordable...

Rural Americans used to have G A R D E N S.

9 posted on 11/22/2007 11:33:35 AM PST by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: kik5150

Preposterous lying propaganda for more welfare. Fruits, veggies, and other healthy food is cheap and availiable in supermarkets, even in McDonalds. Subway and Wendy’s have entire inexpensive healthy fast food product lines.

Professional welfare parasites prefer 44 ounce malt beer, candy, chips, Whoppers, french fries, and fried chicken.


10 posted on 11/22/2007 11:33:41 AM PST by FormerACLUmember (“If a tax cut increases government revenues, you haven’t cut taxes enough.” –Milton Friedman)
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To: kik5150
What a crock! No mention of personal responsibility or choices made by the people eating the junk. No, it's that there aren't enough groceries stores or b/c the poor aren't given enough money.

The real goal: bigger government, make victims take more money!

The food stamp allocation could and probably should be increased and the government can do even better bringing in more farmers' markets and very low-cost sources of fruit and vegetables

Give more food stamps and force farmers' market to go where no one will buy their ware then people who don't buy veggies now will use the money to buy more junk and the farmer's wares will rot.

Liberalism always generates the exact opposite of its stated intent. Jim Quinn 104.7
11 posted on 11/22/2007 11:34:20 AM PST by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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To: kik5150

Only under Marxism-Rodhamism will the poor be given the healthy foods that we know they crave. Then will hunger and obesity be simultaneously vanquished, along with evil free will and harmful individual choice. All hail Marx and Rodham!


12 posted on 11/22/2007 11:39:35 AM PST by Argus
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Was at my brothers place and his canned goods, frozen crop and salted crops would make mylocal grocery store look empty. Gave me 45 lbs of sauerkraught ‘cause he didn’t have room for it. Think I’ll give 1/2 to my boss because he’s so full of shit.


13 posted on 11/22/2007 11:40:51 AM PST by Safetgiver (So simple, even a Muslim can do it.)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Yup.

One square yard of ground and you can grow enough lettuce to choke a goat.

It’s a freakin weed already!!


14 posted on 11/22/2007 11:43:34 AM PST by djf (Send Fred some bread! Not a whole loaf, a slice or two will do!)
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To: kik5150
When it really comes down to it, it is cheaper to buy nutritious food than the high fat, high sugar foods. I could feed a family of 4 on $50 a week easy. You just have to stay away from buying steaks and junk food.
15 posted on 11/22/2007 11:44:40 AM PST by notpoliticallycorewrecked (Get the U.S. out of the U.N. and get the U.N. out of the U.S.)
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To: kik5150

Yet another “You can’t be too thin or too rich” advocate for the poor and downtrodden.


16 posted on 11/22/2007 11:44:40 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: kik5150

Amen.


17 posted on 11/22/2007 11:45:59 AM PST by svcw (There is no plan B.)
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To: kik5150

HAHAHA! I get bulk oatmeal for $.49 a pound. Lasts a long time.


18 posted on 11/22/2007 11:48:24 AM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Nazism was in 1938.)
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To: kik5150

>>People with more money eat more fruits and vegetables than those with less money, research shows.<<

I think there is a correlation. Those with more money are also either smarter, more conscientious about their health, or more well educated.

Education is free.


19 posted on 11/22/2007 11:49:58 AM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Nazism was in 1938.)
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To: Clara Lou
Let’s see...how much do beans, some ham bones and a can or bundle of fresh greens cost?

A ham hock + lima beans = Real good eats!!

20 posted on 11/22/2007 11:53:48 AM PST by dearolddad (Opinions are like rectums: everybody has one.)
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To: RobRoy

Correct. Oatmeal and non-sugary cereals are the cheapest. Geeze, store brand corn flakes cost nothing. The same thing goes for fresh veggies like carrots,sweet potaoes,zuchinni etc. It doesn’t take a nutritionist to eat healthy. Just common sense.


21 posted on 11/22/2007 11:55:12 AM PST by surrey
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To: LibFreeOrDie

>Rural Americans used to have G A R D E N S.<

Good point! What do they think all that soil is for? Mud pies?

During WWII we lived in the city and had a victory garden and a grape arbor. I live in the city now and have a garden, fruit trees and a raspberry patch. There is no excuse not to be able to grow your own veggies if you have a city lot. In fact, not far from me there is a communal garden for apartment dwellers. Or drive out to the country to pick and pay.

There is no excuse for empty shelves, and laziness is not an excuse!


22 posted on 11/22/2007 11:55:13 AM PST by Paperdoll (Vote for Duncan Hunter in the primaries for America's sake!.)
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To: kik5150

And a second study found that in rural areas, convenience stores far outnumber supermarkets and grocery stores

Although I haven’t conducted any study, I’d say that relationship holds for urban areas also.


23 posted on 11/22/2007 11:55:35 AM PST by Sapper26 (Quondo Omni Flunkus Moritati)
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To: kik5150
Anyone who has a 20 x 20-foot patch of bare land with access to water can grow more wholesome vegetables than a big family can eat. The more land, the more food. There's absolutely no excuse for anyone in a rural setting not to have a vegetable garden. Freezers are cheap and so is home-canning equipment.

Community gardens have been established in many cities and more can be developed. This article is pure liberal welfare state BS.

24 posted on 11/22/2007 11:59:10 AM PST by Bernard Marx
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Well, seriesly, it is a bit cheaper to buy Top Ramen than the veggies sometime if you don't know how to shop for the healthier foods. It's a matter of being able to set aside the time to shop for and prepare the food.

25 posted on 11/22/2007 12:03:32 PM PST by HungarianGypsy
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked

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26 posted on 11/22/2007 12:05:41 PM PST by EBH (Loose lips sink ships.)
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To: kik5150
low-income Americans now would have to spend up to 70 percent of their food budget on fruits and vegetables

Money they urgently need for cigarettes, malt liquor, and lottery tickets.

27 posted on 11/22/2007 12:06:10 PM PST by Alouette (Vicious Babushka)
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To: kik5150

We’d probably all be healthier if we spent 70% of our food budget on fresh fruits and veggies.


28 posted on 11/22/2007 12:08:43 PM PST by discostu (a mountain is something you don't want to %^&* with)
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To: kik5150

They could increase funds for food if they quit buying bottled water.


29 posted on 11/22/2007 12:10:22 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Moveon is not us...... Moveon is the enemy)
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To: kik5150
Mmmmmmmmmmmm........


30 posted on 11/22/2007 12:13:43 PM PST by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: dearolddad

With some cornbread, of course!


31 posted on 11/22/2007 12:15:54 PM PST by Clara Lou (Thompson '08)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

“Rural Americans used to have G A R D E N S”

That is the truth, now gardens are more of hobby or “What Granny used to grow”.

I’ve lived in the Boonies, and their thrust is correct, there are very few Supermarkets and many times the local store has to be the Grocery.

But then again, a piece of paper, a pen, and writing down “beans, carrots, potatoes, salad greens, tomatoes” for the next trip to the store helps out a lot.

OT, but many people may not realize that Food Stamps can be used to buy seed to grow ones own food...that’s a thought..


32 posted on 11/22/2007 12:17:24 PM PST by padre35 (Conservative in Exile/ Isaiah 3.3)
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To: kik5150
It is easy to scoff at this but I agree that fresh fruits and veggies are a little bit pricey. Here in Jacksonville, FL, a head of cauliflower is $2.50, the same price as a Big Mac. I bought my wife a juicer and it takes $5.00 worth of strawberries to make 12 ounces of juice. Oranges are a buck a pound and apples aren't much less. Cucumbers are a buck each. Sure, lettuce is cheap but it doesn't really have any nutritional value.

About the only cheap food is rice and potatoes. Even chicken is getting expensive.

33 posted on 11/22/2007 12:19:21 PM PST by Drew68
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To: kik5150
"People with more money eat more fruits and vegetables"

Usually, people with more money are smarter too...and less self-indulgent. Even more in control of their base instincts.

Even the local 7-11 has apples.

34 posted on 11/22/2007 12:19:39 PM PST by Mariner
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To: kik5150
in rural areas, convenience stores far outnumber supermarkets and grocery stores

Yup. In my rural area there are two convenience stores and one supermarket. Two to one.

But I bet the dollar volume of the supermarket is many thousands of that of the two convenience stores.

35 posted on 11/22/2007 12:19:40 PM PST by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: Paperdoll
>Rural Americans used to have G A R D E N S.<

Not exactly on the subject but rural Americans also used to have farms. I don’t get it. I buy a lot of yellow onions and now each one has a sticker on it that says it is from Peru. Can we not grow our own onions. Just my cranky opinion.

36 posted on 11/22/2007 12:23:00 PM PST by A knight without armor
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To: South40

When I was a kid I hated spinach.

Now, I use it in all kinds of stuff. Love to saute some spinach and onions, then crack a couple eggs on top of it.
Quick and nutritious. Spinach is, just like eggs, one of the superfoods. Very, very good for you.


37 posted on 11/22/2007 12:23:15 PM PST by djf (Send Fred some bread! Not a whole loaf, a slice or two will do!)
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To: djf
I did the 4 foot sq. gardening thing this year. I had two.

Peppers: bell, jalapeno, banana

Tomatoes: eight plants - early girl, big boy and a hybrid

Then in a mound of soil and leaves I planted 2 zucchini and 2 cucumber ... good eatin' and plenty to give to my neighbors.

Nothing like walking out the back door and picking a couple vine ripe tomatoes and a cucumber for a salad ... a couple of zucchini, a few jalapeno (to grill).

38 posted on 11/22/2007 12:23:57 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: kik5150

This is Thanksgiving Day

Oh sure, they can super-size themselves at McDonalds or Burger King, but can’t afford an apple or a carrot. Give me a break.

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39 posted on 11/22/2007 12:25:07 PM PST by restornu (Improve The Shining Moment! Don't let them pass you by... PRESS FORWARD MITT)
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To: kik5150

Simple. Require all restaurants (especially those high-end ones the Hollywood elite, politicians, etc. frequent) to set aside 1/2 of their tables for low-income dining.


40 posted on 11/22/2007 12:25:33 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: HungarianGypsy

Hey now, Top Ramen is feeding legions of college students and budget conscious workers at this very moment.....

For me, I would like to see the Food Stamp program limit the amount of sugary crap that can be bought in a week, feeding children a bowl of “Double Chocolate Frosted Rice” is like priming a biological drag racer and pointing it toward the school house...


41 posted on 11/22/2007 12:26:15 PM PST by padre35 (Conservative in Exile/ Isaiah 3.3)
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To: kik5150
"Many low-income Americans can't afford to eat healthy foods"

But, they were able to afford a Countrywide mortgage.
42 posted on 11/22/2007 12:28:38 PM PST by gipper81
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To: Red_Devil 232

There ya go!

Ground temp in Seattle this year never got up very much, so my garden was weak.

But I still have lots of onions and lettuce. Cabbage too. The cold weather crops.

Cabbage is another superstar. Lots of antioxidants, and can be used alot of different ways when you cook.

Not to mention I think it would take a gallon of Roundup and a flamethrower to kill a cabbage plant!


43 posted on 11/22/2007 12:29:41 PM PST by djf (Send Fred some bread! Not a whole loaf, a slice or two will do!)
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To: EBH

Interesting link EBH, I think they underpriced some items but the idea is very good and practical.

It also involves prep work that lazy arsed folks won’t do, make pancakes in a batch? Naahh..just buy a box of frozen ones...


44 posted on 11/22/2007 12:30:05 PM PST by padre35 (Conservative in Exile/ Isaiah 3.3)
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To: djf
Cabbage is another superstar. Lots of antioxidants, and can be used alot of different ways when you cook.

Da! My wife is Ukrainian and we eat virtually no processed foods in our home. As such, I have learned that cabbage is practically indestructible and there are about 1,000 ways that in can be prepared. Prior to marrying her, I don't think I had ever bought a head of cabbage in my life. Now it is a staple.

45 posted on 11/22/2007 12:34:14 PM PST by Drew68
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To: djf
I retired a couple of years ago. My job kept me away from home quite a bit (domestic and foreign travel) so a garden would never have survived! This was my first attempt ... and it was very satisfying. Next spring will see my efforts expand!

I even did some home canning with the jalapenos and green tomatoes! Nothing I have ever bought in a store tastes as good on a cracker with a bit of cheddar cheese and a cold beer! And I have enough to make it last till spring, the beer on the other hand could be a problem!

46 posted on 11/22/2007 12:43:04 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Bernard Marx

Happy Thanksgiving, Bernie!


47 posted on 11/22/2007 12:47:16 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: kik5150

Good Lord! Not this again! The truth is that poor people CAN afford to eat healthy. Several years ago a group set out to “prove” that poor blacks in rural areas did not eat as well as more affluent whites. What they found is that the poor blacks ate simpler, higher nutrition, lower fat foods than their white counterparts.

BTW, it is only in rich countries where the “poor” are fatter than the population as a whole.


48 posted on 11/22/2007 12:47:48 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: A knight without armor

I was responding to >Rural Americans used to have G A R D E N S.<

As with large corporations taking their jobs off shore, the independent farmer has largely become but a distant memory with corporation farms taking over (to hire illegal aliens). Who knows where their produce ends up if we get our onions from Peru!

We played it a great deal as children. Why didn’t we learn our lesson? Monopolies are not a good thing!!!!


49 posted on 11/22/2007 12:58:35 PM PST by Paperdoll (Vote for Duncan Hunter in the primaries for America's sake!.)
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To: Drew68
My wife used to hate cabbage. I think it was the smell from it being over cooked all day during her childhood. I told her a couple of years ago we were going to have a New England dinner, Corned beef, boiled potatoes, cabbage, etc. Instead of cooking the cabbage in the slow cooker with the beef and other vegies ... I quartered a small head of cabbage. Buttered, peppered and added a little of salt then wrapped them tightly with saran wrap and microwaved them. She loved it! No lingering odor.
50 posted on 11/22/2007 1:01:47 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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