Infographic: America’s Nutrition Evolution

  • Over the years, the official statements on what a nutritionally balanced diet entails have shifted and continually developed. The Standard American Diet – what most people actually eat compared to what they are supposed to eat – doesn’t always reflect the nutritional ideas experts have in place. Let’s take a closer look at our official nutrition history, and see what we can learn from it.
  • Per capita consumption of calories increased by nearly 25% between 1970 and 2008.
  • Western Pattern Diet has been found to cause obesity, fatal heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
  • Adult obesity has increased from 15% of the population to over 30% of the population in this timeframe.
  • Diabetes is also on the increase – if current trends continue, 1 in 3 people will have diabetes by 2050.
  • 75% of America’s restaurant meals are fast food. 10% of our caloric intake comes from high-fructose corn syrup.
  • The Western Pattern Diet does not have enough vegetable, fruit, lean or nutrient-dense choices within the food groups; it typically consists of: 50% carbs, 15% protein, and 35% fat.
  • Typical of developed countries, the Western Pattern Diet is characterized by high intakes of: red meat, high-sugar drinks, sugary desserts, high-fat dairy products, refined grains, eggs.

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