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Global Health
April 21, 2015

Diet Quality Declines Despite Increase in Healthy Food Consumption

JAMA. 2015;313(15):1506. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.2924

Over the last 2 decades, adults around the world modestly increased their intake of healthy dietary items, but this trend was exceeded by increases in consumption of unhealthy items, according to an analysis of global dietary patterns (Imamura F et al. Lancet Glob Health. 2015;3[3]:e132-e142).

Researchers evaluated hundreds of national dietary surveys from 187 countries covering 88.7% of the global adult population to compare food and nutrient intake by region, nation, age, and sex from 1990 to 2010. They evaluated trends and changes in 3 dietary patterns: consumption of 10 healthy dietary items, including fruits, vegetables, fish, and nuts; consumption of 7 unhealthy dietary items, such as processed meats and sugar-sweetened beverages; and combined consumption of all 17 dietary foods and nutrients.

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