Rory Freedman, co-author of the popular Skinny Bitch vegan diet books took the challenge of eating vegan on a very low budget.
Although many say it’s impossible to do at the poverty level, Freedman purchased a week’s worth of grains, beans, fruits, vegetables and condiments for $33, the amount the average person on food stamps in California has to work with.
Freedman did this to raise awareness of the need for grocery stores to provide more meatless options at low cost so people of all income levels can eat healthy.
Her experiment coincides with the discussion of possibly reducing food stamp benefits under the Farm Bill that is being debated in Congress.
A diet in faux meats, grains, nuts, beans and vegetables could benefit food stamp recipients and taxpayers, as diets high in saturated fat and cholesterol like meat and dairy tend to raise the risk of costly diseases like diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
It’s not noted whether Freedman was able to purchase many organic items with her budget, which are generally more expensive and difficult to find in areas where greater poverty exist.
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