A new study by the nonprofit, nonprofit, food and agriculture research group, Feeding America found that nearly 70% of Americans eat more than one food at least once a day, and many of them consume the same food.
“Our research suggests that the majority of Americans have consumed at least one food in the past week and most people are eating the same kind of food, regardless of their health status,” says Rachel Hodge, the organization’s president.
“We have identified foods that are a great source of protein, particularly lean meats, nuts, beans, and whole grains.”
For the study, the researchers surveyed more than 2,000 adults over the age of 20 to find out what kinds of foods are eaten more than once a week.
The researchers also conducted a more recent analysis of food and nutrition information to find the average consumption of each type of food.
The findings were released Monday by Feeding American.
In the new study, Americans were asked to rate their favorite food and describe its nutritional profile.
For example, people rated the “milk” of a chicken breast as a “great source of nutrition” and a “superfood.”
And those who ate the most were those who said “a whole grain or whole grain shake” was the most satisfying food to eat.
“The most surprising thing to us was that many people are not eating any protein,” says Hodge.
“When we asked them what they were eating, they said the same thing: meat, eggs, vegetables, fruit.
But a large majority of people said they eat fish and seafood, and they also ate a lot of dairy products.”
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