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Study says Americans are eating healthier but more improvement needed

Americans’ diets are a little less sweet and a little crunchier, but we are still eating way too much sugar, white bread, and artery-clogging fat. Those a...

Americans’ diets are a little less sweet and a little crunchier, but we are still eating way too much sugar, white bread, and artery-clogging fat. Those are the suggestions in a new study by Tufts University.

Overall, authors saw a modest improvement over 16 years on the government’s healthy eating index. Americans’ score improved from 56 to 58. 100 is the top score, so there’s still a lot of work to do.

The study also found Americans are getting a higher percentage of calories from snack food, but sugar consumption and salt intake both declined slightly.

Researchers analyzed the eating habits of 44,000 adults between the years of 1999 and 2016.