March 4, 2021
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The average American still eats too much sugar and red meat

By on September 25, 2019 0 375 Views

The average American is eating more whole grains, nuts and poultry – while also consuming fewer added sugars – than 20 years ago.

But Americans’ overall diets only have improved marginally, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. That’s partly because the average American still consumes too many low-quality carbohydrates, red meats and saturated fats.

But Americans’ overall diets only have improved marginally, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. That’s partly because the average American still consumes too many low-quality carbohydrates, red meats and saturated fats.

Researchers found Americans get a disproportionally-high amount of their energy of low-quality carbohydrates. Refined grains, fruit juice and potatoes accounted for 21.2 percent of energy intake. Foods and drinks with added sugars – like soda – accounted for another 14.4 percent.

Americans still get most of their proteins from animal foods, particularly unprocessed red meats and processed meats. Fewer Americans get the majority of their proteins from fish, whole grains and nuts.

Additionally, Americans get more than 10 percent of their energy from saturated fats, exceeding daily recommended guidelines.

But the analysis, led by researchers from Harvard University and Tufts University, revealed a couple positive signs.

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