State lawmaker wants to ban people from using food stamps to buy junk food
(CBS) -- If one Texas lawmaker has his way, people on food stamps in the Lone Star state will be banned from using their benefits to buy energy drinks, soda, cookies, candy or potato chips.
Rep. Briscoe Cain recently proposed legislation seeking to take junk food out of low-income shopping carts, saying he's concerned that poor eating habits among those getting food benefits are leading to health troubles. The measure "seeks to curb the spread of diabetes and other health complications among Texas in at-risk populations by eliminating sugary drinks and snacks from the state's nutrition assistance program," the Republican state representative said, according to local media outlets.
The proposed bill defines "energy drink" as a beverage containing at least 65 milligrams of caffeine per eight fluid ounces. Coffee would still allowed, as would fruit and vegetable juice.