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"The most interesting trend is that this country doesn't eat too much more food than it did 100 years ago, even though food costs us less than half as much of our incomes as it did then, and we sure is fatter.The fatter part is certainly helped by the sweeteners: HFCS has bumped us up, from its conception in 1970, taking over half of sugar consumption by 1984 (while total sweetener use was stable), but then continuing to rise after that while sugar was stable, bumping total sweetener intake from 122lbs/year to 151lbs/year in 1999. Followed by a HFCS reduction since 99 that brings latest total sweetener to a less scandalous 136.29. Soda has gone up 50% since 1979 (15 gallons more per year -- but also decreasing since 1999, which accounts for HFCS moderating)."
Coffee, interestingly, doubled from 1909 to 1946 -- but we've slid back down to original levels!
today the government has announced plans (after a successful small scale trial) to encourage local shop keepers to stock in more fresh produce - in the trial area of 88 stores, consumption of fresh fruit and veg increased by 40%.
This compared to food scientists who can only study specific nutrients in isolation from overall diet/environment/other health-related behaviors, which gives us such an incomplete picture to be unhelpful and potentially dangerous. Case in point: moving away from butter to margarine, which of course the early versions proved to be much worse for you in reality.
This regulatory approach has made Denmark the only country in which it is possible to eat "far less" than 1 g of industrially produced trans fats on a daily basis, even with a diet including prepared foods. It is hypothesized that the Danish government's efforts to decrease trans fat intake from 6g to 1g per day over 20 years is related to a 50% decrease in deaths from ischemic heart disease.