Why we’re eating so much junk food
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We’re eating too much junk and junk food isn’t helping, according to new research from Harvard University.
In a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that Americans are consuming nearly 70 percent more junk food than they did in the early 2000s.
And the majority of that is coming from the fast food industry.
The study looked at data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference and the U: Food Composition Database, two of the most commonly used food database.
According to the study, the average American eats about 2.4 servings of sugary beverages per day.
The researchers also found that the average person in the U of A consumed about 10 teaspoons of sugar per day and about 12 teaspoons of salt per day, far above the average Americans’ consumption of salt.
The researchers also looked at food price data from The Food and Drug Administration, which showed the average U. S. household spent about $18 billion on food in 2016.
That was $3,800 more than the average household in 2008.
According to the report, Americans are eating so many junk food because they’re buying more and more unhealthy foods at the grocery store.
In fact, the researchers found, over the past decade, more than 30 percent of food has been added to the food supply.
The authors argue that the increase in food consumption is a result of an economic crisis, one that is affecting Americans of all races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic classes.
But the study doesn’t offer any evidence that people are avoiding healthier options because they don’t want to spend more money.
What do you think?
Is junk food causing obesity?
Why do people buy more unhealthy products?
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We’re eating too much junk and junk food isn’t helping, according to new research from Harvard University.In a study published…