Few Americans eat right

The vast majority eat too few vitamin- and mineral-rich foods and overdo on fats, sugars and alcohol

By Janet Raloff, 17:43 PM September 29, 2010

The Institute of Medicine periodically issues recommendations on what people should eat to be healthy and maintain a reasonable weight. Americans have largely ignored this well-intentioned advice, a new study shows. It reports that “nearly the entire U.S. population consumes a diet that is not on par with recommendations.”

Most people missed the mark on nearly every nutrient category, the study found. Overindulgence in some discretionary nutrients, however, “was ubiquitous” — notably for...

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