Apple is the world’s biggest fruit producer, and the fruits it produces are often found in a wide range of products, ranging from ice cream to frozen desserts.
But this week, the US Department of Agriculture has come under fire for selling frozen bananas and melons at a discount to consumers in the form of “juicy fruits” at Walmart.
The Department of Health and Human Services, or DHHS, said in a statement that the prices are part of a voluntary program aimed at encouraging healthy eating and eating more fruits and vegetables.
“In FY2019, more than 100 million people received SNAP benefits to supplement their food stamps, but we are also working to increase the access to nutritious, fresh fruit and vegetables through a program that will help millions more Americans maintain healthy eating habits,” the statement read.
“By offering consumers these fruits and veggies for free, we can continue to make nutritious meals and snacks a reality for our families and communities.”
We’re excited to continue this program to increase access to fresh, healthy food in underserved communities across the country, especially as we face an unprecedented pandemic.
“The department also noted that “there are a number of healthy foods that can be enjoyed without a lot of sugar, fat or salt, and can be eaten with fruit and veggies”.”
While we do not have data on the impact of these ‘juicy’ fruits and the other fruits and veg that are not listed on this website, we know that they are a great way to incorporate fruit into a healthy diet,” it said.
The US Department for Health and Children’s Services, which runs the SNAP program, said that the program had helped more than 12 million households by providing cash assistance to individuals and families, including people who work, unemployed or have been laid off.”
With SNAP, people can purchase nutritious food to help them manage their health and reduce the amount of sugar they consume,” it added.