by Jake Kuchmaner


Most American diets exceed the recommended limits in four categories: calories from solid fats and added sugar, refined grains, sodium, and saturated fat.

About 90% of Americans eat more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet.

Reducing the sodium Americans eat by 1,200 mg per day on could save up to $20 billion a year in medical costs

Food available for consumption increased in all major food categories from 1970 to 2008.


Average daily calories per person in the marketplace increased approximately 600 calories.

Since the 1970s, the number of fast food restaurants has more than doubled.

More than 23 million Americans, including 6.5 million children, live in areas that are more than a mile away from a supermarket.

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Americans eat less than the recommended amounts of vegetables, fruits, whole-grains, dairy products, and oils.

In recent years, nearly 15% of American households have been unable to acquire adequate food to help meet their needs.

In 2008, an estimated 49.1 million people, including 16.7 million children, experienced food insecurity multiple times throughout the year