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According to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (a panel of 13 nutrition experts charged with developing federal nutrition standards), Americans are eating far more calories than they used to.
Very few people follow the federal dietary guidelines, which recommend dark green vegetables, orange vegetables, legumes, fruits, whole grains, and low-fat milk and milk products. Instead, we eat foods full of refined grains, sugar, fat, and calories — just check out the list of “What Americans Eat” below.
This is one Top 10 list you don’t want to make. Take a look and see what you can do to get closer to the recommended dietary guidelines.
What Americans Eat: Top 10 sources of calories in the U.S. diet
|1.||Grain-based desserts (cakes, cookies, donuts, pies, crisps, cobblers, and granola bars)|
|3.||Chicken and chicken-mixed dishes|
|4.||Soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks|
|7.||Pasta and pasta dishes|
|8.||Mexican mixed dishes|
|9.||Beef and beef-mixed dishes|
Source: Report of the DGAC on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010.