Friday, June 20, 2014

Why Food Stamp Changes Only Helped Hispanic Children?

Beginning in 2009, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) revised its food packages and provided more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables and fewer foods with high saturated fat content.

Eighteen months following the WIC food package revisions, significant decreases in total fat and saturated fat, increases in dietary fiber, and overall diet quality were observed among Hispanic children only. No significant changes in nutrient intake or diet quality were observed for any other group.

Bonnie: Unfortunately, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine study leaves us with more questions than answers. Hopefully, if we give the changes more time to take, we will get better results for all groups at all ages.

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