Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg announces all city farmers markets will now accept food-stamp-backed 'Health Bucks'

By Erin Durkin / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS


Mayor Bloomberg fancies himself an expert on nutritional choice, so what’s the fave veggie of the big-soda-banning billionaire?

“Steak, I always say,” he joked when asked just Monday as he announced that all city farmers markets will now take food-stamp-backed “Health Bucks.”

“No, I mean, I like carrots and lettuce. Iceberg lettuce I’m a big fan of. Cucumber and radishes. I like chewy things. Things you can really sink your teeth into. I snack on them all the time.”

Many think iceberg lettuce isn’t really healthy, but that’s not exactly true, said certified dietician nutritionist Nancy Copperman, director of public health initiatives at North Shore LIJ Health Systems.

“There are other dark-green leafy vegetables that may have more nutrients, but iceberg lettuce is not a total zero,” she said, noting it has some potassium, beta carotene, and lutein. But she said romaine lettuce and spinach would be better for the mayor.

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