Thursday, June 19, 2014

American Diet Heavy on Oils, Fats, Grains

Americans are eating almost 500 more calories today than we did 30 years ago, and they consist mostly of oils, fats, and grains, says the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In fact, those three ingredients make up nearly half of the average American’s diet. That’s likely due to our dependence on processed foods, reports the Washington Post’s Wonk Blog.
The sum of all those calories, which appear to largely be the wrong kind of calories, is an ever-expanding American waistline. Americans aged 20 and older are now almost three times as likely to be obese as they were only 30 years ago—the increase is enough to afford the U.S. the unenviable distinction of being the most obese major country in the world.
Read the Washington Post article for more on the USDA report, including several graphics illustrating the latest findings.

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