Data acquired from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2001 and 2004 reported on the diets of 16,338 “typical Americans”.
Almost all the participants failed to eat enough leafy greens, colorful vegetables, and whole grains.
These results were evaluated and published in the Journal of Nutrition.
Here is a clip of that report:
“This analysis indicates that nearly the entire US population consumes a diet with fewer vegetables and whole grains than recommended and that a large majority under-consume fruits, milk, and oils relative to recommendations.”
Sadly, this is due to the fact that typical American diet consists mostly of pre-packaged and processed foods, and millions of dollars are spent to ensure this. Have you ever seen an ad telling you to eat more kale, or to buy your grains whole and cook them?
As consumers, we must be aware of how advertising shapes how we shop at the grocery store. If you don’t think it is affecting you, it might be affecting your kids.
Just watch your kids navigate their trip through the grocery story. Keep an eye on what they ask for, grab, or pull off the shelf. How did they learn about all these foods? Have you ever wondered how certain treats just happened to appear in your cart at checkout?
Many millions of dollars were spent to make sure that happened!