American diet trends

Updated 12:40 PM ET, Fri April 29, 2016
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The good news: Americans are consuming fewer calories. The bad news: Americans still have a long way to go in how they divvy up calories. Shutterstock
Americans in almost every age and ethnic group have been weaning themselves off soda and fruit drinks and substituting for healthier choices like water. Shutterstock
Increasing our intake of fruits and veggies could play a part in improving the U.S. diet. There has been only a slight uptick in consumption of these healthy foods since 2003. Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg/Getty Images
Americans have made huge strides in improving their diet by eliminating trans fats -- although much of that is due to changes in the manufacturing process. Shutterstock
Despite all the reports of fast food's ill effects on health, Americans have been only slightly scaling back their intake. Lionel Ng/Getty Images
Grain-based desserts such as cookies appear to be waning in popularity while healthier snacks like nuts are taking off. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images/File