During a year, the average consumer achieves 70 percent of the daily recommended intake for dairy, fruit, grains, proteins and vegetables on only 2 percent of their days, or about 7 days a year. When a MyPlate day is achieved, consumers are likely to have eaten more than three meals a day.
MyPlate, USDA’s graphic interpretation of its new guidelines for a healthy daily diet, recommends half of a healthy daily diet consist of fruits and vegetables and the other half grains and proteins. The government advises consumers to enjoy their food but avoid oversized portions.
According to a study by NPD Group (which has tracked consumer eating habits for more than 30 years) more than 65 percent of adults in their consumer panel were classified as overweight or obese, according to the group.
Through ongoing research NPD Group has found consumers are more aware of what constitutes a healthy diet, but also know that what they say and what they do when it comes to eating are often different.
Source: meatingplace.com – 12/26/11