How has the American diet changed in 40 years?

Resource / How has the American diet changed in 40 years?

By Gillian Phair / 22 May 2015

Really interesting data has emerged about the changes in the American diet between 1972 and 2012.

On the whole, Americans have ditched canned, frozen and dried fruit and veg for fresh and more exotic produce - which reflects changing tastes and the globalisation of food trade networks.
When looking at milk, the products which have gained most popularity are 1% and skimmed, with whole milk consumption dropping by 77.5%.


However, the rise of certain products is more notable than the drop in others. Alarmingly (yet not surprisingly) the consumption of high fructose corn syrup has increased by 3,903%!
What is more shocking is that by 2012, HFCS had been in decline from its peak use in 1999; Before the turn of the century, there were 63 pounds of syrup available per capita, compared to the more recent figure of 46.2 pounds.


Which statistic do you find most interesting?

What might the implications of this be? What related resources have you seen?

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