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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Leads to Modest Changes in Diet Quality
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Leads to Modest Changes in Diet Quality

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By Christian Gregory (au); Michelle Ver Ploeg (au); Margaret Andrews (au); Alisha Coleman-Jensen (au)
Year: 2013
Pages: 36
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-1-4578-4608-3

Product Code: 145784608X

Research has shown that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) effectively reduces food insecurity. Questions remain, however, about the extent to which SNAP affects the quality of adult participantsäó» diets. These questions have surfaced in the context of the increasing public costs of diet-related illnesses, such as diabetes, high blood cholesterol, and heart disease, and have led to discussions about restricting the use of SNAP benefits to purchase some food items. This report examines Healthy Eating Index (HEI) scores for adults in low-income households that do and do not participate in SNAP. It shows that SNAP participation results in a large increase in the likelihood of consuming whole fruit and a slightly lower consumption of dark green/orange vegetables. It also finds that SNAP participants have slightly lower HEI scores (both total and components) than nonparticipants, meaning that they have slightly lower diet quality. They do, however, consume less saturated fat and sodium than nonparticipants. Figures and tables. This is a print on demand report.

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