June 13, 2014

Grains & Produce Up, Meat Down

1 Average American Diet Healthier These Days

A Time magazine analysis of the USDA's National Nutrient Database from 1970 to 2012 finds that the average American diet has for the most part become healthier, with increases in the amount of fruit (from 122 grams per day to 134), grains (from 118 grams per day to 168) and vegetables (from 183 grams per day to 168), and dramatic drops in red meat (from 120 grams per day to 89) and full-fat milk (from 0.8 cups per day to 0.2). The bad news is that our sugar intake has increased, from 100 grams per day to 104, primarily because of a huge spike in HFCS, which soared from zero in 1970 to peak at 10 teaspoons per day in 1995 and is now holding at about 8.5 teaspoons per day. Also less than encouraging: our fourth most-consumed "vegetable" turns out to be potato chips.

More at Time.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: US Gets Mixed Grades on Diet Report Card

Tags: Americans Eating Healthier, American Eating Patterns, Typical US Diet, Dietary Trends in the US

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Mad Cow Disease Concerns

2 4,000 Pounds of Beef Recalled

More than 4,000 pounds of beef have been recalled due to concerns that it may be contaminated with mad cow disease. The meat, processed at Fruitland American Meat, Jackson, MO, was distributed through a Whole Foods distribution center and then to stores in New England and two restaurants, one in NYC and another in Kansas City. USDA inspectors found no indication of mad cow disease but recalled the meat, which was produced and packaged between September 2013 and April 2014, “out of an abundance of caution” because there was no attendant paperwork stating that nerve tissue was removed from the slaughtered animals. This is required by the USDA because brain and spinal tissue from cattle 30 years and older can carry the protein that causes mad cow disease.

More at CNN.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Mad Cow Disease Found in California Dairy Cow

Tags: Beef Recall, Food Inspections, Food Safety, Mad Cow Disease, USDA, Fruitland American Meat

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