USDA’s Economic Research Service has just issued a report, Assessing the Healthfulness of Consumers’ Grocery Purchases.
The bottom line? Americans buy fewer fruits and vegetables than recommended but far more refined grains, sugars, and meat.
Here’s the summary diagram:
These results should not come as a surprise. According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, the leading sources of calories in U.S. diets are:
- Grain-based desserts
- Chicken and chicken dishes
- Sodas and other sugary beverages
- Alcoholic beverages
- Pasta and pasta dishes
- Tortillas, burritos, tacos
- Beef and beef dishes
- Dairy desserts
Next public appearance
This is the rescheduling of the lecture I was supposed to give on October 10. The taxi driver went through red light at entrance to the Pulaski, was pulled over and found to be driving without a license. We never made it. The lecture is on food politics. It starts at 6:00. Free and open to the public. The Newark Museum is at 49 Washington Street. This time, I’ll take the PATH.