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Food companies offering healthier options helps Americans cut calories

Created: 01/09/2014 10:00 AM WHEC.com

Americans are consuming fewer calories than five years ago as many food companies are offering healthier options.
 
Researchers examined the impact of an effort by 16 major food and beverage companies to reduce childhood obesity in the U.S. Strategies included reformulating products to reduce fat and sugar, decreasing serving sizes, eliminating oils, and introducing new low-calorie products.
 
The study revealed these efforts have helped the average American cut 78 calories out of their daily diet.
 
But some nutritionists warn this analysis does not account for high-calorie meals people eat in restaurants and does not differentiate between food industry changes and a shift in Americans’ eating habits.



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