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SNAP Keeps Low-Income People From Going Hungry, But Dietary Quality Is Low

September 23, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Compared to families eligible for, but not participating in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), those in the program tend to eat less nutritious food, a U.S. study finds. In 2013, about 48 million Americans participated in SNAP, once known as the food stamp program, which helps low-income households buy groceries. The study found that SNAP participants had lower dietary quality scores overall than nonparticipating low-income people, and lower scores for fruits and vegetables, seafood and plant proteins. They also consumed more empty calories.
Binh T. Nguyen et al., "The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Dietary Quality Among US Adults: Findings From a Nationally Representative Survey. ", Mayo Clinic Proceedings, September 23, 2014, © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
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