Does where you shop effect food quality ?
December 25, 2015 Admin 0
There is an association between poverty and poor health. This association is quite easy to explain in Third World developing countries, as the poorest often do not have access to adequate quantities of protein or clean drinking water. Therefore the risk of immune related conditions, particularly upper respiratory tract infections is high. However, this association also exists in developed Western countries and is much harder to explain amongst these populations. The main problems with the association between poverty and poor health in the West is that the diseases that are associated with poverty are not the same. While poor people die of upper respiratory tract infections in Third World countries, in the West they tend to die of Western lifestyle diseases including cardiovascular disease and cancer. In addition, there is no shortage of availability of clean water or healthy cheap food in the West. Therefore there may be other more complex factors that drives the association between poverty and poor health in the West.
It has been suggested that the poor in developed countries do not have the same access to fresh produce as the rich. This is often explained through the increased mobility of the rich compared to the poor. The basis of the argument is that the poor often have to rely on local convenience and non-specialist shops for food, which in turn are much less likely to stock healthy fresh produce. However, this may not be the case. For example, one study examined the types of foods bought by groups of individuals in a number of types of stores. What they found was that shopping at grocery chains was not associated with a higher quality of food purchase, when the same families shopped at large or small discount stores that did not offer the same quality of nutrition. In other words, families that ate low quality foods, bought these foods even when fresh healthy produce was available. What people buy is therefore not dependent on the stores available to them, but reflects other more complex factors, perhaps with education or cultural influences.