Slowly, people are changing their diets.
A 12-year Harvard School of Public Health study has found that Americans have raised their score in eating healthier foods. However, the trend hasn’t been picked up by lower-income people.
The study shows that out of a perfect score of 110, the score of U.S. adults has risen from an average of 40 points in 1999-2000 to 47 points in 2009-2010. More than half the gain was attributed to a reduction in trans fats.
Higher scores come from people eating more vegetables, nuts, whole grains, legumes and drinking fewer sweetened beverages. Lower-income people had poorer diets, which included more processed and sugar rich foods.
Having a better diet is the path to better health, lowering the risk of heart disease, cancer, strokes and diabetes, The Associated Press reports.