What We Eat Now: Diet Trends in America
the MPR take:
Compared to 1970, Americans today are eating less red meat and more poultry, less dairy and more fruits and vegetables, and more sugars and grains. Using data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Nutrient Database, food per capita was assessed for the years 1970–2010. Notably, consumption of poultry in 2012 was nearly double of that in 1970 (67.3g/day vs. 32.8g/day, respectively) and while sugar intake only increased by 4g/day, consumption of high fructose corn syrup skyrocketed in the 1980s as cane sugar declined.
Here's a look at how what fills the American plate has evolved over the last 40 years. Slide the year below to see how consumption patterns have changed. Select each food group to see the changing make up of each over the years. The data shows that Americans have greatly increased their consumption of poultry in lieu of red meat.
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