Improved Access to Fruits and Veggies

The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants moms to encourage their kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. More from EMaxHealth:
The Canned Food Alliance (CFA) commends the USDA for recognizing the importance that canned foods play in providing nutrition to American families through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which serves millions of low-income mothers and children across the country.

The changes (reflected in federal regulations published today) ensure that a wide choice for fruits and vegetables is included in food packages for women and children. Participants will receive a monthly allotment for the purchase of fruits and vegetables in a variety of forms - canned, fresh and frozen. This is the first time in 30 years that the food packages include an emphasis on fruits and vegetables.

In addition to adding canned fruits and vegetables, the ruling now allows specific types of canned beans and peas as a substitution for dry, mature beans and peas. Canned light tuna will continue to be allowed and the new regulations include a variety of other canned fish as approved alternatives.
Provided they’re pushing salt-free canned goods, it seems like a good thing!
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Matthew R. Scott - December 14, 2007 3:47 PM


Thanks for publishing positive information like this and success stories. I recently went through a sweep of my health-related news feeds, to unsubscribe to the ones that were too negative-focused. Disease Proof passed the test :)

I have used WIC in the past (when I was less well-informed about nutrition), and boy howdy they pushed the dairy products! It's nice that they are starting to focus on fruits and vegetables. When they catch up with today's trends, 10 years from now, that'll be pretty much the only thing you can get via their program :)

That's my utopian vision, and I'm sticking to it :)

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