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Are Americans Eating Better?

Americans' notoriously unhealthy diets are seeing a few improvements, according to analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Compared with a decade ago, consumption of fruits and vegetables, processed meat, saturated fat and sodium has not changed much. But Americans are eating more whole grains, nuts, seeds, fish and shellfish and drinking fewer sugary beverages. While 46% of adults still have poor diets, this is down from 56%.

Alas, the gains have not stretched equally across demographics. Diet quality for many minorities and people with lower incomes has not improved; in some cases it has worsened.

Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD

"Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RDN, FAAP, is a board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine physician, registered dietitian and health coach. She practices general pediatrics with a focus on healthy family routines, nutrition, physical activity and behavior change in North County, San Diego. She also serves as the senior advisor for healthcare solutions at the American Council on Exercise. Natalie is the author of five books and is committed to helping every child and family thrive. She is a strong advocate for systems and communities that support prevention and wellness across the lifespan, beginning at 9 months of age."

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