The quality of the U.S. diet showed some modest improvement in the last decade in large measure because of a reduction in the consumption of unhealthy trans fats, but the gap in overall diet quality widened between the rich and the poor.
An unhealthy diet is closely linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers. Eating a healthy diet is an important part of the strategy to prevent adverse health outcomes…
"Our study suggests that the overall dietary quality of the U.S. population steadily improved from 1999 through 2010. This improvement reflected favorable changes in both consumers' food choices and food processing, especially the reduction of trans fat intake, that were likely motivated by both public policy and nutrition education. However, overall dietary quality remains poor, indicating room for improvement and presenting challenges for both public health researchers and policy makers. Furthermore, substantial differences in dietary quality were seen across levels of [socioeconomic status (SES)], and the gap between those with the highest and lowest levels increased over time," researchers noted.
In a related commentary, Takehiro Sugiyama, M.D., Ph.D., … and Martin F. Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D., … write: … "How could we close the dietary quality gap? First, we could restrict benefits to more healthful foods, as has been done by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which restricts purchasable foods with the benefit," they continue.
"Other strategies to improve dietary quality include providing healthful foods to students and residents in underserved areas," they note.[Click the title, above, to post a comment.]