Come to find out, my kids and I have celiac and a slew of other food intolerances...so we eat healthy not just by choice, but necessity. About the time I discovered these food issues, we were destitute, in a bad place, and I was on WIC. For those who don't know about WIC, it's a nice idea in theory for people who can't afford groceries, but they basically give you crap foods that are marketed to be "healthy", like cheap canned tuna (full of mercury), non-organic carrots, non-organic milk, big-brand juice, big-brand cereals (full of chemicals), etc. And then you have to regularly go to appointments where they check up on your kids' "health" and make sure you're vaccinating them and feeding them the appropriate amounts of crap foods, as dictated by the Almighty Food Pyramid.
They hated me! We don't vax, DS had major developmental problems and allergies and would certainly have been one of the autism cases (he's still borderline ASD); he reacted so severely to all kinds of foods, additives and salicylates that I couldn't give him WIC foods or juice anymore. When I told the WIC people about this, including the fact that he was getting OT and seeing a dietician at the Early Intervention clinic, they told me I should still be feeding him at least the rice Chex, and DO NOT give him lightly sweetened chamomile tea because it has "no nutritional value, just sugar...give him the juice instead, it has vitamin C." Imagine the sound of screeching brakes in my brain: "What?! So the 8g of sugar I put in his chamomile tea is bad, but the juice that has 28g of sugar and makes him break out in a blistered rash is better for him because of the vitamin C?! Are you people dumb, or just stupid?!" My point to all this is, even "health professionals" can be stupefyingly ignorant of what healthy foods really are. It's no wonder the general public gets duped into buying so much junk food.
"Real food doesn't come in a package."
Just a thought that ran through my mind as I read this - does WIC provide nutritional supplements as part of their package?