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U.S. Dietary Report Card

Improvements in some components are good, but much more progress is needed!

Americans are eating significantly more whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes, as well as fruit, according to an analysis of NHANES data from 1999-2012. Consumption of 100% fruit juice and sugar-sweetened beverages decreased as well. However, vegetable intake did not change. The good news: diets rated as ideal increased from 0.7% to 1.5%. The not-so-good news: nearly half of all adults still consume poor quality diets.

PositiveTip: Make choices at each meal to eat more good foods and less poor quality foods. Together we can improve even more!

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"Successful" MyFitnessPal Users

Those who succeeded in losing weight ate 17% more grains.

MyFitnessPal, a popular smartphone app with 150 million users, has released some interesting data about "successful users" who lost weight. All users ate similar amounts of carbs, fat and protein. However, the successful ones ate 29% more dietary fiber--but not near the recommended amount. Successful users also ate 11% less meat, 13% fewer eggs, but 10% more yogurt and almonds. They also ate more fruit, vegetables, grains, and olive oil. Read more... (The writer has no conflicts-of-interest.)

PositiveTip: High-quality food choices--especially fiber content--help promote weight loss.