American Diet Gets Better, And Worse: What We Eat Now
Are Americans eating better than they did a few years ago, or are they eating worse? The answer, to both questions, is yes. According to latest report card published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, our consumption of added sweeteners has dropped from 89 pounds per person in 1999 to 78 pounds per person in 2010. The bad news? Seventy-eight pounds per person. The New York Times reports on the latest review of how Americans eat, noting that “we’ve dramatically reduced consumptionof heart-damaging trans fats and, to a lesser extent, saturated solid fats like margarine and shortening. But there’s been a steady, steep climb in total fats added to the diet in the form of salad oils and cooking oils.” The Times reports that the average person consumes 20 pounds more in total fat yearly than in 1970, which partly explains why the obesity rate among adults has more than doubled since then, when only 15 percent of Americans were obese. Wait, there’s more. Can you say “cheese.” The CSPI found that since 1970, Americans have gone from eating 8 pounds of cheese per year to eating 23 pounds. Read more from the Center for Science in the Public Interest.