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Is it Possible to Eat Healthy on a Food Stamp Budget?

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  • In the documentary film Food Stamped, filmmakers attempt to eat a healthy diet on a food-stamp budget, which amounts to $1 per person, per meal
  • With a great deal of planning and preparation, the filmmakers were able to succeed on the food stamp budget for one week, but in the end they were incapable of getting enough calories and would have likely lost weight and become malnourished had the diet continued (which neither of them needed to do)
  • The film makes it easy to see why many Americans with tight budgets and limited access to fresh produce opt for the cheapest, most filling options for food, like white bread, fast-food hamburgers and noodles, but also makes it clear the devastating toll this type of diet takes on your health
  • While some Americans may opt for fast-food or junk food because it’s actually the only way they can afford a meal, many others – the majority – purchase it by choice, as junk food is convenient, for the most part affordable and also created to appeal to your taste buds
  • In order to protect your health, I believe you should spend 90 percent of your food budget on whole foods, and only 10 percent on processed foods

By Dr. Mercola

In recent years, as the pace of the US economic recovery has slowed, the number of Americans enrolled in the food stamp program has skyrocketed, now reaching an all-time high of roughly 46 million Americans.


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