Let's Stop Debating If Poor Pregnant Women Should Eat Potatoes And Teach Them Proper Nutrition Instead

February 19, 2015 5:28 PM

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Let's Stop Debating If Poor Pregnant Women Should Eat Potatoes And Teach Them Proper Nutrition Instead

A new study, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and executed by the nonprofit research group Institute of Medicine, attempts to answer one very specific question: Should women enrolled in WIC—the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children—be able to spend their vouchers on potatoes?

Whether or not pregnant women should be allowed to buy potatoes using WIC vouchers has been a political controversy for several years. WIC is a program intended to help poor pregnant and postpartum women supplement their diets with exceptionally nutritious foods. (WIC also provides vouchers for baby...

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