A new report has claimed that though Americans have significantly reduced low quality carbs, since 1999, they are still eating excess amount of sugar, starch and saturated fat for their own good. The reduction of snack foods with sugar and heavily processed foods is only by 3 % people, say the researchers. There has been little headway in increasing intake of “good carbs” like fiber rich whole grains, beans, vegetables and fruits. Apparently consumption of these foods has increased by just 1 % from 1999 to 2016. The total intake of fats increased by same amount but almost half of it was contributed by saturated fat derived from meat and fatty dairy products.
The study discovered that Americans get 12 % of their regular calorie dose from saturated fats, which are 10 % above recommended limit. According to senior researcher of the study Dr. Fang Fang Zhang, associate professor at Tufts University, the study has not been able to find out why Americans are still not eating healthy. The dependence of Americans on takeout food and processed food is the most likely cause of this unhealthy trend. Zhang said that according to their study Americans are eating low quality carbs nearly 42 %from sugars and refined grains.
The research findings were published in Journal of American Medical Association on 24th Sept and are based on long term government nutrition survey. Nearly 44000 Americans were interviewed from 1999 to 2016 and Zhang’s team discovered that during those years people cut down on overall carb intake from average of 52.5 % daily calories to 50.5 %. During this period the intake of proteins and fat went up but there has not been an uptick in national appetite for healthy carbs. The consumption of plant proteins comprising of beans and nuts also has barely increased. But Americans even now relish their potatoes and meat.
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