Food-Assistance Program Sees $2 Billion Spent on Sweet Drinks: Study
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|Tue, 09-18-2012 - 9:35am|
According to Health Day News, "The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -- formerly known as Food Stamps -- pays at least $2 billion for sugary drinks bought in grocery stores alone, say researchers from Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. That amount doesn't include sweet drinks bought at other retail chains such as Wal-Mart...The study revealed 58 percent of all beverages purchased by SNAP participants were sugar-sweetened beverages, such as sugary soda, fruit drinks and sports drinks. The researchers pointed out that SNAP paid for 72 percent of these purchases." more
Should SNAP participants be allowed to purchase surgary drinks with their SNAP benefits? Why or why not?