Am I the only one who finds this absurd? When I was researching the school nutrition bill in my previous post, I stumbled upon this doozie…
To amend the Food Stamp Act of 1977 to permit participating households to use food stamp benefits to purchase nutritional supplements providing vitamins or minerals, and for other purposes.
Other purposes??? Huh?
The argument to support this bill is that low-income families aren’t getting the nutrients they need.
Congress finds that–
(1) the dietary patterns of Americans often do not comply with the daily intakes of vitamins and minerals recommended by the Food and Drug Administration;
(2) children in low-income families and the elderly often fail to achieve adequate nutrient intakes;
(3) pregnant women have particularly high nutrient needs, which they often fail to meet;
- (A) scientific studies show that nutritional supplements containing folic acid (a B vitamin) may prevent as many as 60 to 80 percent of neural tube birth defects;
- (B) the Public Health Service, in September 1992, recommended that all women of childbearing age who are capable of becoming pregnant consume at least 0.4 milligrams of folic acid per day to reduce the risk of spina bifida and other neural tube birth defects affecting the fetus; and
- (C) the Food and Drug Administration has approved a health claim that folic acid reduces the risk of neural tube birth defects;
(5) infants who do not receive adequate intakes of iron may suffer from impaired mental and behavioral development; and
(6) scientific evidence indicates that increased intake of specific nutrients over an extended period of time protects against diseases and conditions such as osteoporosis, cataracts, cancer, and heart disease.
So, they want to change the law to allow the purchase of supplements.
Section 3(g)(1) of the Food Stamp Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 2012(g)(1)) is amended by striking `or food product’ and inserting `, food product, or nutritional supplement providing a vitamin or mineral, or both,’
This would essentially allow the use of food stamps to buy not only multivitamins, but pretty much any supplement on the market, including whey protein (for muscle building). It is essentially saying that you can’t meet daily nutrient requirements from food, which is wrong. Instead of opening up the door to use FOOD stamps for NON-FOOD supplements, how about meal plans and cooking classes to help low-income families get their nutrients from real food.
Thank goodness this Bill didn’t go anywhere since March 2007. Come on people. Think!