Junk food makes up one-third of American diet

June 9, 2004 in Nutrition Topics in the News

Junk food makes up one-third of American diet

Junk foods such as soft drinks and potato chips make up nearly one-third of calories in the American diet, researchers said last week.

A study of 4,700 adults showed that, despite the increased popularity of low-carbohydrate diets, soft drinks and pastries pile on more calories in the daily diet than anything else. The researchers said that sweets and desserts, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages account for nearly 25 percent of all calories consumed by Americans. Salty snacks and fruit-flavoured drinks add another five percent.

Sweets, desserts, snacks and alcohol contribute calories without providing vitamins and minerals.

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