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How much fat, sugar and dairy you should eat every day, compared to reality

We definitely get enough to eat in total – that's just not the right thing. Today, Americans consume about 400 calories a day than they did in the 1970s, an increase of 20%. Farmers and food producers have also hit things up. Around the world, the amount of calories available to each person has increased nearly one-third (28%) over the last 50 years. In particular, the world's appetite for animals has increased: Global per capita meat consumption has risen to almost one hundred pounds a year, a dramatic increase from the 67 pound meat eaters in the mid-1980s. But we have slowly replaced fruit, vegetables and good fats like olive oil, butter and fish with cheap, mass-produced alternatives. And it has an effect on our waist lines and long-term health. "Access to comfortable and cheap foods has changed global eating habits and allowed many middle-income countries, especially in the Middle East and North Africa, to face a double burden of malnutrition and obesity," a new HSBC report warns. The report is based on data from 45 rich and middle-income countries around the world, comparing what the average person eats daily to the ideal recommended by doctors and nutritionists. How to stack it up: Shayanne Gal / Business Insider Of course, the examples of the above sheet are symbolic. (Nutrition experts would never suggest that you need to eat a whole avocado every day or down five eggs to be healthy.) The image is intended as a visual representation of what…

We definitely get enough to eat in total – that’s just not the right thing.

Today, Americans consume about 400 calories a day than they did in the 1970s, an increase of 20%. Farmers and food producers have also hit things up. Around the world, the amount of calories available to each person has increased nearly one-third (28%) over the last 50 years. In particular, the world’s appetite for animals has increased: Global per capita meat consumption has risen to almost one hundred pounds a year, a dramatic increase from the 67 pound meat eaters in the mid-1980s.

But we have slowly replaced fruit, vegetables and good fats like olive oil, butter and fish with cheap, mass-produced alternatives. And it has an effect on our waist lines and long-term health.

“Access to comfortable and cheap foods has changed global eating habits and allowed many middle-income countries, especially in the Middle East and North Africa, to face a double burden of malnutrition and obesity,” a new HSBC report warns.

The report is based on data from 45 rich and middle-income countries around the world, comparing what the average person eats daily to the ideal recommended by doctors and nutritionists. How to stack it up:

Shayanne Gal / Business Insider

Of course, the examples of the above sheet are symbolic. (Nutrition experts would never suggest that you need to eat a whole avocado every day or down five eggs to be healthy.) The image is intended as a visual representation of what your body generally needs: the amount of fat in an avocado is about how much your body needs to drive through a certain day, for example. And you don’t need any sugar at all.

It is worth remembering that most healthy whole foods cannot be categorized nicely in cruising a nutritional box, either. Eating an avocado is, for example, a good way to get some other nutrients in addition to fat – they are loaded with potassium, fiber, vitamins C and B-6 and magnesium.

According to the HSBC report, the problem is systemic, not personal. Fruits and vegetables account for 28% of global food production, although the cancer-born foods could be more than 40% of our diets. A study from 2018 showed that the world produces “12 servings of grain, 5 fruits and vegetables, 3 oil and fat, 3 proteins, 1 milk and 4 sugar per person per day.”

We do not need any of that sugar and can stand to replace much of the grain and oil with fresh produce.

For example, in the US, subsidies for corn and soy make it cheap to produce unhealthy things like cereals, chips, and sodas. This has meant that sweet, processed foods (which are clearly linked to more cancer cases and poor health) become the backbone of many consumer diets. Our fast food has also become saltier and heavier; A typical meal out in the United States now amounts to about half of the person’s recommended calories.

This is not a doctor-controlled good health strategy.

Instead, as Harvard cardiologist Sara Seidelmann previously told Business Insider, you should “try to make choices that fill your plate with plants – whole foods and whole grains.” Things that you can recognize. “

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