Are you planning on eating your fill of hot dogs, chips and potato salad this Fourth of July? You’re not alone. Everyone indulges sometimes – and we should – in order to ensure we’re not cheating ourselves out of the simple joys of life. But, we also need to eat healthier in the long-term to prolong our lives and remain healthy into older age.
Americans are eating healthier! In fact, a study finds that improved diets have prevented 1.1 million premature deaths over a 14-year period. Unfortunately, overall, our diets could be improved though.
While the consumption of healthy foods such as fruits and whole grains increased, the consumption of vegetables and healthy omega-3 fats did not, according to the study, published in the journal, Health Affairs. At the same time, the intake of sodium increased over time.
The two most significant changes in the U.S. diet that the researchers observed during the study period were a decrease in the consumption of trans fat (by nearly 72 percent) and a decrease in the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and juice (by about 36 percent). (To learn how your family’s weight management may be sabotaged by sodas, read our previous blog, Is Your Family Pouring on the Pounds?)
“Our findings provide further justification for promoting healthful diets as a national priority for chronic disease prevention, as well as for legislative and regulatory actions to improve the food supply more broadly,” study author Dong Wang, a doctoral candidate in the nutrition and epidemiology departments at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said in a statement.
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