House Of Representatives Member, Phil Roe, Introduced A

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House of Representatives member, Phil Roe, introduced a bill to amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008. The Healthy Food Choices Act of 2016 would require the participants of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to use their benefits to purchase items that meet the nutrition requirement proposed by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children or WIC program (Roe, 2016). According to the United States Department of Agriculture (2016), there were 45,766,672 people participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the 2015 fiscal year. This means that nearly forty-six million people will be affected by the passing of this act and would no longer be able to use SNAP to purchase sugary…show more content…
1999). Sugar plays a huge role in the growing obesity levels. The largest source of added sugar in the US diet is sugary drinks. A recent study found that body weight significantly lowered when sugar intake was decreased. While an increased sugar intake led to a similar weight gain. This study also found that children whom consumed sugary drinks had a 55% higher risk of obesity (Hu, 2013). The progression of obesity, added sugar being a main cause, and the billions of US dollars being spent on obesity related healthcare; I believe this act will be supported by the public. The Healthy Food Choices Act of 2016 will restrict the types of drinks that can be purchased with SNAP benefits. Fruit drinks can be purchased if they are 100% concentrate, sugar free, and must contain 72 milligrams of Vitamin C per 8-fluid ounces. Snap participants can purchase milk, flavored milks, and milk substitutes such as almond milk as long as they contain 100 IUs per cup of Vitamin D and 500 IUs per cup of Vitamin A. However, under the new restrictions they would no longer be able to purchase low calorie sweetened beverages or any sports drink. Powerful interest groups like big candy and soda corporations will be important to appease for this act to be passed. Money and strong lobbying has been shown time and time again to control what legislation will be passed. A way to close the gap in the loss

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