Last week there was another barrage of headlines in the media certain to confuse the public about whether cholesterol and animal fats in general are to be promoted or restricted in their diets. Do you put lard or lettuce on your sandwich? This arose out of a report first in the Washington Post and later at many other sites that the influential Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee of the USDA was advising the remove cholesterol as a "nutrient of concern" in the American diet. A draft report from this committee was released in December so this was not new information but it made good fodder for talks shows and bloggers. The draft report is actually an interesting snapshot of the American diet, good and bad, and it serves to highlight 10 things that are illustrative of nutrition in the U.S.
1) After age 8, <20 percent of the American population meet dietary guidelines for fruit intake.