A Nation's Diet in Crisis

In 2010, dietary recommendations were changed, but how did we as a nation fare with those previous guidelines?

A quarter of our calories were allowed to be ‘empty calories,’ i.e. junk food, but most Americans (95%) exceeded this maximum. Three-quarters of Americans couldn’t eat one whole fruit serving a day and 9 out of 10 couldn’t meet the daily vegetable serving recommendation. It’s difficult to wonder why America’s diet is in crisis when we can’t meet even such lax health food guidelines. Watch NutritionFacts.org’s Michael Greger, M.D.’s take on these dietary guidelines in the video below.

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