Regulating Our Sugar Habit

When Ronda Storms, a Republican state senator in Florida, is accused of nanny-state-ism for her efforts on behalf of a sane diet, it’s worth noting. When she introduced a bill to prevent people in Florida from spending food stamps on unhealthy items like candy, chips and soda, she broke ranks: few of her party have taken on Big Food. And as someone who has called for the defunding of an educational Planned Parenthood program and banning library book displays supporting Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, she is hardly in her party’s left wing. Not surprisingly, she’s faced criticism from every corner: Democrats think she’s attacking poor people, and Republicans seeMichelle Obama. Soon after Storms proposed the bill, she told me, “Coca-Cola and Kraft were in my office” hating it.

Yet she makes sense. “It’s just bad public policy to allow unfettered access to all kinds of food,” she told me over the phone. “Why should we cut all of these programs and continue to pay for people to use food stamps to buy potato chips, Oreos and Mountain Dew? The goal is to feed good food to hungry people.”

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3 Comments

  1. MotherWouldKnow said...

    I understand the desire on your part to regulate our sugar habit, as you so aptly put it. But who decides what is unhealthy and how do you define unhealthy? Some items are clearly just junk food, but there are lots of food in the "gray area." For example, yesterday I made a Molly Katzen recipe for whole wheat waffles from 1 of the Moosewood cookbooks. Sure it has whole wheat flour, flax seeds and cornmeal in the recipe, but it also has over 1,050 mg of sodium per serving, which is almost 1/2 of the recommended sodium intake for an adult in good health under 52 yrs. If you’re over 52 yrs, the whole wheat waffles have about 75% of your recommended salt intake. Does that make the waffles unhealthy?

  2. foodiegurl said...

    why did you put so much salt in it? Use less salt.

  3. VaTxn said...

    Senator Storms isn’t proposing to restrict what people can spend their OWN money on. She’s proposing to restrict what food stamp recipients can spend TAXPAYER money on. Food stamps are supposed to provide healthy food to people in need, not 2-litre Pepsis to tubs-o-lard.

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