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USA: Eating Habits Begin to Get Better

USA: Eating Habits Begin to Get Better

The eating habits of Americans have improved slightly, but remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found. On an index of healthy eating where a perfect score is 110, adults averaged just 40 points in 1999-2000, climbing steadily to 47 points in 2009-10. Scores for low-income adults were lower than the average and barely budged during the years studied. Harvard School of Public Health researchers developed the healthy diet index used for the study. It is similar to federal dietary guidelines but features more categories, including red and processed meats, sugar-sweetened beverages and alcohol. Higher scores meant a greater intake of heart-healthy foods including vegetables, fruits, whole grains and healthy fats. Overall diet improvements were largely due to decreased intake of foods containing trans fats, but the disappointing results point to a need for policy changes and better nutrition education, says Harvard researcher, Dr. Frank Hu. (Source: yahoo.com)