What Americans Eat

How does your nutrition score card look – healthy, need improvements or off the charts? This weeks column will give you some in site as to what Americans are eating, what the food trends have been over the past 20 years are as well as some healthy guidelines for you to eat by.

You maybe surprised to hear that Americans are eating less red meat, more poultry and slightly more fish and shellfish. Unlike red meat and poultry, seafood does not yet require federal inspection so proceed cautiously when selecting fish.

There has been a 300% increase in the drinking of low fat and not fat milk compared to a 54% decline in the consumption of whole milk.

Americans are consuming fewer eggs due to the media attention concerning cholesterol and its links to coronary heart disease.

Since 1968 fat and oil consumption has increased almost 20% due to a greater intake of fried foods particularly from fast-food restaurants and increased consumption of salad oils. Decreases are shown for the use of butter, shortening and margarine.

The consumption of sweetners especially high-fructose corn sweeteners has increased along with a dramatic rise in low-caloire sweeteners including aspartame. Some healthful low glycemic food choices include navy beans, kidney beans, lentils and peanuts.

More than 40% of Americans take supplements spending about 6 billion yearly. When vitamin intake achieves recommended levels, supplements neither improve exercise performance nor necessarily increase the blood levels of these micronutrients in healthy individuals.

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Written on January 12th, 2012 , Overall Health Information

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