WASHINGTON (AP) — Western food plans are failing to achieve the targets of a growing number of Americans who are struggling to afford healthy food.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says its plan for the U.K., Germany and the U,S.
to reduce their high sugar, salt and fat content is far from perfect, but it has the capacity to do the job.
The study says the U.,U.K. and Germany have achieved better nutrition outcomes than others in their regions.
The USDA report says there is “no significant difference” between the Western diet and the one that is recommended by the U and U.C.I.D. The report says Americans need to make a bigger effort to reduce sugar and other foods that contribute to obesity, which affects 20 million Americans.
It also says people need to consume more fruits and vegetables and avoid processed foods.
The researchers say that’s more than can be done in the U-S.
and Europe, where the average American eats 2.5 cups of fruits and 0.7 cups of vegetables a day.
“The U. S. is lagging behind,” says Dr. Robert Hirsch, who directs the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
“In Germany, they have a very successful food safety program that works, but we don’t.”
Hirsch says it’s not the food quality that’s the problem.
It’s the lack of coordination.
He says if the U.-S.
government wants to do its part, it needs to coordinate more effectively with the UK, Germany and other countries to cut back on high-fat, sugar and salt, and increase other types of fruits, vegetables and grains.
He adds, the U is not in the business of selling you a high-quality diet.
The American Heart Association says people who are overweight or obese should be encouraged to eat a higher-sugar diet and lose weight.
It says if Americans continue to overeat and lose muscle, they will continue to have a higher risk of death from heart disease.