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Americans Eat Too Much Processed Meat, Not Enough Fish, Study Finds.

Friday, June 28, 2019

(North American Meat Institute)

A new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that U.S. adults still eat the same amount of processed meat and fish as they did 18 years ago, despite public health guidelines encouraging change. The study, consisting of nearly 44,000 U.S. adults, found that from 1999 to 2016 Americans did not decrease their processed meat intake, as health officials publicly advocated for, nor did they increase their fish intake. The top five processed meats consumed by U.S. adults are lunch meats, sausage, hot dogs, ham and bacon, all of which make up about 87 percent of Americans processed meat intake. The study also found that about 25 percent of U.S. adults are eating more unprocessed red meat than the recommended level, yet, for the first time, consumption of poultry exceeded that of unprocessed red meat. Specifically, processed meat consumption remained relatively unchanged, slightly growing from 182 grams per week (g/w) in 1999 to 187 g/w in 2016. Unprocessed red meat decreased from 340 g/w to 284 g/w, mostly due to the decreased consumption of beef. Poultry grew from 256 g/w to 303 g/w thanks to an increase in chicken consumption. And fish/seafood consumption remained relatively unchanged, rising from 115 g/w to 116 g/w.

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