Diet report card says American diet isn’t terrible, but there is work to do

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CNN) – A new report card on the American diet has good grades, but health experts believe there’s still plenty of work to do.

Researchers analyzed the eating habits of 44,000 adults from 1999 and 2016.

Consumption of highly processed foods with added sugars dropped 3% since 1999.

However, people are still eating too much of what’s not healthy.

Nearly half of the typical American’s daily calories come from refined grains, starchy vegetables, and added sugars.

The intake of saturated fat exceeds 10%, due to the high consumption of meat, especially red and processed meats which are strongly linked to heart disease and cancer.

The findings were even worse for adults over age 50, minorities, and undereducated and low-income populations.

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(This story was originally published on September 25, 2019)

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