Americans are eating more whole fruit, whole grains, nuts, legumes, and polyunsaturated fats than they did in 1999, and they’re drinking fewer sugar-sweetened beverages, according to a new HSPH study. The most significant change?
Lower trans fat consumption, which suggests that collective actions, such as legislation and taxation, are more effective in supporting people’s healthy choices than actions that depend solely on individual, voluntary behavior change.
On the other hand, the study found that people are not eating more vegetables or less red and/or processed meat. And their salt intake increased. The results also showed that people with higher socioeconomic status had healthier diets than people with lower socioeconomic status and that gap has increased. Read more