americans still lack in consuming healthy foods

Americans still lack in consuming healthy foods

People still consume hot dogs, white bread, fatty beef, butter, and other snacks items in large quantities which is the major reason 70% of the people in the US are overweight and obese. Diets of Americans have become a bit lesser sweet but still their intake of bad food in beyond the recommended limit. Healthy eating index of US has somewhat improved over the last 16 years from 56 to 58. The ideal number is 100. Major chunk of the population consumes foods that lead to heart diseases, obesity, diabetes, and other such complexities. The research study was published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association which stated results based on the analysis of government surveys from 1999 to 2016 which involved 44,000 individuals.
Americans consume foods high in saturated fats. Calories gained by consuming unhealthy fats increased by half a percent but is still 2% more than the permissible limit of 10% of daily calories. A drop of 2% was observed in consumption of added sugars. Only about 10% of the daily calorie consumption should come from the added sugars, but currently the consumption is way too higher. Lesser consumption of sodas is associated with reduction in consumption of added sugars. Many times people consume food items such as ketchup or certain yogurts which contain added sugars, but they are unaware of it.
Consumption of dry fruits, oats, fruits, and few other whole grains increased. Each of these grains contributed to less than 5% of the daily calorie intake in the year 2016. Intake of salt was reduced, and decline in fruit juice consumption resulted in a reduction in low-quality carbs. These foods amounted to more than 40% of daily calories which was mainly due to highly processed foods such as white bread. The study was based on health surveys conducted every two years which asked adults to state what foods they consumed in last 24 hours. It was started in 2003. The study didn’t take into account individual food items but groups of them such as grains. The focus should be on veggies, whole grains, fruits, dairy products to cover majority of daily calorie intake.

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