09 Aug '11, 10am

Healthy eating is hard but not impossible for low-income Americans

A good meal doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. There's a new study out purporting to show that, as this AP story puts it, "healthy eating is a privilege of the rich ." In many ways, this headline is meant to be a spear slicing deeply into the Achilles heel of the food movement. In one stroke, it seems to confirm the stereotype of the elitist, Alice Waters-loving, farmers-market-shopping locavore who demands we all drop the Doritos and start learning to love kale chips instead. It is, however, a bit of an overstatement. The study , published in the journal Health Affairs , is actually doing something a bit different from what the news coverage would lead you to believe. The researchers have excellent pedigrees: epidemiologists from the University of Washington's School of Public Health, including Adam Drewnowski, who has a large body of work looking at the various chall...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/food/2011-08-09-healthy-eating-is-ha...

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