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CNN.com: A new ‘report card’ on America’s diet: It’s not an ‘F’ but…
Are you a glass half-full sort of person? Well, then, get ready for some good news. You and your fellow Americans are doing a better job of eliminating crummy carbs and sugar from your diet.
That’s the takeaway from a new “report card” on the American diet, which found that since 1999 we are eating nearly 3% fewer highly processed foods with added sugars. The study, published Tuesday in JAMA, analyzed the eating habits of nearly 44,000 adults between the years of 1999 and 2016.
“These positive trends are likely to reflect an increased public awareness of the health risks associated with high added sugar and low whole grain consumption,” said study co-author Fang Fang Zhang, an associate professor at Tuft’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
Now drink down that glass of water, because the complete picture is not that rosy. We’re still eating way too much of what’s not healthy. In fact, 42% of a typical American’s daily calories came from refined grains, starchy veggies and added sugars.