Reason For Obesity’s Rise

Reason For Obesity’s Rise Rates of obesity in the United State have increased from around 13% in 1970 to 34% in 2009. There's been a lot of speculation about the cause, with considerable blame being aimed at fructose sweeteners. A study published in the Nutrition Journal suggests that might not be the whole story.

An analysis of 132 individual food items from the USDA's Loss-Adjusted Food Available Database and Nutrient Database for Standard Reference showed a net change in energy (calories) availability of 10.7% over the 40-year time period even though fructose availability remained constant. Over that same timeframe, glucose availability was three times greater than fructose and energy from fat increased by 14.6%.

True Strength Moment: You can easily avoid increases in empty calories by not purchasing processed foods. Here's a simple grocery store tip: shop the perimeter. Boxed, canned and frozen foods are typically found in the aisles while the outer edge of the shopping area is where they stock fresh fruit and vegetables along with butcher shop meats.
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