Ricky Volpe, a USDA analyst, says that the healthfulness of the average American diet, as measured against the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, did not improve from 1998 through 2006.
“We do see changes, but it’s a mixed bag on whether these changes are good or bad”, said Volpe. “We do see households are shifting a little bit away from refined grains to whole grains, and they are eating more fish and seafood in their diets, which is good.”
Volpe points out some other changes that have been found in American diets.
“We actually see the overall consumption of fruits and vegetables go down a little bit, and people are increasing their per capita consumption of red meats, and that’s not to say that any of these foods are bad”, said Volpe.
He says that the latter two shifts in the American diet are not in line with U.S. Dietary Guidelines.