Sugar Free Sunday & 2.1 Billion Dollars
Welcome to one of the sweetest weekly virtual potluck get-together ever! We host Sugar Free Sunday every week to exchange incredible sugar free recipes to inspire everyone to start the week right!
What would you do if I gave you 2.1 BILLION DOLLARS?
That’s right TWO POINT ONE BILLION (with a BIG b) DOLLARS!!
You might take a big vacation. Or maybe buy yourself a yacht (or a couple hundred yachts!). You might buy yourself an island. Maybe if you have more philanthropic goals – you might fund a school. Or give clothing to those who really need it. Or maybe build homes for the needy. Or feed millions of people real food – not the crap they get from fast food joints. With that kind of money, someone like you could really change the world!
The one thing I think you wouldn’t do is spend it all on sweetened drinks like soda or sugary juices. (Please I really hope you wouldn’t…. think of all the debt ridden students!)
Well that’s exactly what the United States government is doing.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal program (in the US) that helps low income families afford food. This is how SNAP describes itself:
It is the nation’s first line of defense against hunger and offers a powerful tool to improve nutrition among low-income people. In fiscal year 2011, SNAP served nearly 45 million people, about one in seven Americans.
Also – the headline on SNAP’s website reads:
We put healthy food on the table for more than 46 million people each month.
Despite it’s good intensions, a study conducted by Tatiana Andreyeva of Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity estimated that nationally SNAP spends about 1.7 to 2.1 billion dollars annually for sugar-sweetened beverages purchased in grocery stores. The study also found that sugar-sweetened beverages accounted for 58% of refreshment beverage purchases made by SNAP households.
Wow – without getting too political – that’s a lot of tax money going into something I think most people would agree does not provide nutrition. Are we really subsidizing the soda and sweetened beverage industry? Crazy.
There are a lot of questions that arise from this — like why are people who can’t afford to feed their families choosing to feed them sugary drinks 58% of the time? Do they not have choices? Do they not realize that it’s not good for them? Is the funding provided not sufficient to purchase nutrition dense food and drinks?
I don’t know the answer to these questions. I do hope this study brings awareness to the issue. Simply feeding someone food is not the same as feeding someone nutrition dense food.
How do you participate in the virtual potluck?
- Link your recipe post (NOT your homepage) if it does not use refined sugar. Your blog does not have to be entirely sugar free, just the dish you’re sharing!
- Please link back to this get-together somewhere in your post’s text. It’s a great way to invite your readers to the fun!
- Sign up for free to our new venture Velvet Aroma. It’s a visual way to read the blogs you love and really bring their recipes into your kitchen.
- See all the details on our Sugar Free Sunday page.
We’re so excited to see what you’re cooking….. Sugar Free!
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