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Americans Buy A Lot Of Processed Foods High In Fat, Sugar And Salt

March 29, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
A twelve-year U.S. study – 2000 to 2012 -- that collected barcode data on groceries purchased by 157,000 households found that 60 percent of the foods bought were highly processed and contained much higher levels of fat, sugar, and salt on average than unprocessed foods. There was a significant increase in the proportion of calories purchased in “ready-to-heat” foods -- about 15.2 percent in 2012. The study also found that more than 80 percent of calories were purchased in ready-to-eat or ready-to-heat form in 2012.
Jennifer M. Poti, "Highly processed foods dominate U.S. grocery purchases", News release, study presented at the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) annual meeting , March 29, 2015, © FASEB
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