Americans Eating Healthier, Study Suggests

In a recently-released study from the US Department of Agriculture Research Service, researchers found that Americans have changed they way they eat for the better.  Increasingly, consumers are paying more attention to nutrition labels, lowering fat intake, and increasing fiber intake.  This is certainly optimistic news in light of the ever-expanding obesity epidemic that’s been facing the nation for more than a decade.

A large portion of the change has come from restriction; 20% of improvement in diet quality came from reduced consumption of food outside the house.  Specifically, calories consumed outside-the-home decreased by 127 calories per day, a drop attributed to Americans eating 3 fewer meals and 1.5 fewer snacks outside the house per month.

Menu labeling is working, as well; the report stated that 76% of working-age adults used the nutrition information to guide their decision when available at a restaurant.  And while more qualitative than quantitative, but just as hopeful, the survey respondents’ answers suggest that Americans are feeling more empowered to make positive changes in their diets and eating habits.  Author of the study Jessica Todd added, “When individuals believe that their actions directly affect their body weight, they might be more inclined to make healthier food choices.”

To read the study, click here.

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