Many argue the key to helping low-income Americans eat healthier is eliminating food deserts. A new study suggests this doesn't help.
To be clear, new grocery stores do provide many benefits.
In many neighborhoods, new retail can bring jobs, a place to see neighbors and a sense of revitalization. People who live nearby get more options and don’t have to travel as far to shop.
But the data show that healthier eating is not one of those benefits.
Instead, we would recommend tweaking prices as a better approach to encouraging healthier habits.