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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.

Woman drinking soda

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.

[Emphasis added]

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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10 Responses to Sugar Free Sunday & 2.1 Billion Dollars

  1. Thanks for hosting! I linked up Sprouted Lentil Salad! SO yummy!

  2. Vicky says:

    Hi

    That’s an interesting article, though I’m not surprised by the findings! This week I shared my SCD legal Courgette and Carrot Muffins!

    Have a lovely week!

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  4. Thank you for hosting such a wonderful event!
    it is indeed inspiring to find more sugar free recipes

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  6. So sad. Not at all surprising, though.

    Thanks so much for hosting! Shared a recipe for my favorite breakfast right now.

  7. Foy Update says:

    I’m sharing recipes I am making with what’s coming out of the garden. We just had our first frost so the acorn squash are curing getting ready to be stored. I love stuffing them and I shared a recipe I concocted using the wild rice my sister sends me from the Canadian border.

    Also a recipe for stuffed tomatoes. This is a wonderful brunch or side dish recipe. Tons of flavor and a way to celebrate farm fresh eggs and tomatoes!
    Thanks for hosting!

    I also host a link party called Eat Make Grow where folks can share their DIY projects, recipes and garden strategies. I hope you’ll come share with us too!

    Stop on by if you get the chance:
    http://foyupdate.blogspot.com/search?q=eat+make+grow&max-results=20&by-date=true

    Foy

  8. Vijitha says:

    That’s an interesting read Raj. I love your round ups. So YUM!

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