Immigrants’ Health Hurt by ‘American’ Diet

Across the street from the Health Advocacy Project of Little Village on Chicago’s Southwest Side, a restaurant serves carnitas (meat) and chorizo sausage, along with carrot and pineapple juice. A 4-foot sign nearby advertises three liters of Pepsi for $1.39. To the west, Cermak Road is dotted with signs advertising “carnitas” in big red letters. A Coca-Cola sign hangs outside Hector’s Foods and a KFC chicken restaurant stands a few blocks away. Carmen Gonzalez, a promotora, or health promoter, said the overload of food choices, usually the wrong ones, is her chief competition.