Blacks think a healthy diet means eating white people food,…


Thank goodness for outlets like HuffPost that bring awareness to problems we honestly never would have even guessed existed. Raise your hand if you knew that the black community looks at eating healthy as a white people thing, and that has to change.

Just tell us what to do, HuffPost.

Healthy food has historically been less accessible to black Americans in a number of ways. So, does eating healthy have to be equated with eating like white people? According to a new generation of chefs, nutritionists, academics and patients, the answer is no.

Charmaine Jones, a Washington D.C.-based dietician who is black, penned a short paper earlier this year called “Do I Have To Eat Like White People?” that shared the dietary struggles of her clients, whom she describes as primarily low-income African-Americans on D.C. Medicaid.

Jones describes “white people food” as salads, fruits, yogurts, cottage cheeses and lean meats ― the standard low-fat, heart-healthy foods promoted by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines.


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