Narrator: This is Science Today. A common finding
in most nutrition studies is those with lower incomes
are not as properly nourished as those with higher
incomes. But Joanne Ikeda, a nutritionist at the University
of California, Berkeley found different results in
her study on the diets of three generations of African-American
Ikeda: People at very low income levels have
poorer diet quality, just because they don't have
enough money to buy an adequate diet. In this study,
that held true for the grandmothers and for the daughters.
But it did not show true for the middle generation
- that is, the mothers. It turned out that the higher
income mothers actually had the poorer diets.
Narrator: One reason may be these working moms
lack the time to cook and may just grab what they
can outside the home.
Ikeda: As a matter of fact, one of their biggest
sources of calories is french fries. So there probably
is a lot of eating at fast food restaurants.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.