Poverty and Economic Inequalities - Food Deserts

A food desert is an area where people are not able to access nutritious food. A nutritious diet comprises foods from all the food groups, limited intake of trans-fatty acids, artificial sugars, and high levels of sodium.  Food deserts occur in areas where people have a low income, therefore they cannot afford healthy food or there are limited supermarkets and groceries that sell good quality healthy food in the area. Thus, people have to travel a longer distance to purchase food that meets the required quality standards.

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