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Americans eating a little less, a little better: Study

Published on Jan 17, 2014 6:13 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Americans are eating a bit less, dining out fewer times and consuming slightly healthier food, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a study released on Thursday, calling the finding "encouraging". Between 2005 and 2010 the number of calories consumed each day decreased 5 per cent among working-age adults, the study reported.

Fat consumption also decreased, while fiber consumption increased, it added, based on a survey of nearly 10,000 adults.

Spending on food prepared outside the home - whether at restaurants, via to-go food or other means - decreased 13 per cent. Fast food accounted for roughly 40 per cent of prepared meals.

In 2010, Americans consumed around 30 per cent of their calories from meals prepared outside the home, compared with 35 per cent in 2005. And the number of meals eaten at home increased from 5.8 a week to 6.29.

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