How grocery store coupons can encourage healthful eating

June 18, 2014

By Lenny Bernstein Grocery coupons aren’t associated with nutritious food. Big chains use them to lure you into the store, offering discounts mostly on processed food and snacks. When researchers looked at 1,056 coupons available online for supermarkets nationwide, they found that the largest share (25 percent) were for “processed snack foods, candies, and desserts.” […]

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Low-income families don’t limit shopping to ‘food deserts’

April 11, 2014

By Cynthia Boyd Social-welfare experts have long assumed poor people, hampered by transportation difficulties, grocery-shop close to home at small corner groceries or convenience stores — “food deserts” that mostly offer high-sugar, highly processed, less-nutritious foods. Inner city neighborhoods, particularly, have worried public-health officials who want to expand the availability of nutritious foods for low-income […]

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Income, not ‘food deserts,’ more to blame for U.S. obesity

September 30, 2013

By Kyley McGeeney and Elizabeth Mendes In the United States, obesity in “food deserts” is above average. However, it is not solely — or even primarily — access to grocery stores that appears to be the issue — higher obesity rates are more likely to be linked to lower incomes. In other words, a lack […]

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