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Title:The State of the American Diet: How Can We Cope?
Alt. Title:Rutgers University Study Published in Topics in Clinical Nutrition
Pub. date: 07/01/2007
Includes: Research study, fact sheet
Audience: Nutrition Educators
Description:A fact sheet on the results of a 2007 study conducted by Rutgers University and published in the July/September 2007 issue of Topics in Clinical Nutrition. The study summarized peer-reviewed research from 1996 to 2007 on Americans’ dietary intake; food choice motivators, eating times and locations; and food preparation habits. The purpose of the study, funded by the Canned Food Alliance, was to better understand why Americans eat the way they do and to provide recommendations for how Americans can achieve a healthier diet by identifying the behaviors and motivators that influence Americans’ food consumption. The study fact sheet highlights the research findings and provides recommendations for achieving a healthier diet from a panel of food and nutrition experts.
Funding Source: Canned Food Alliance
Developer: Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, Ph.D., R.D.
Organization: Rutgers University
Use Restrictions: May copy.
Reviewers Comments: This fact sheet summarizes the major concepts from a Rutgers University study in a clear, concise format. It first presents the key findings from the study and corresponding canned food facts. The second page lists general recommendations from experts in a bulleted list. These are general health tips, are not focused on canned foods, and include both tips for nutrition educators and consumers. On the last page, the “Daily Average Nutrient Intake for Americans Older than 2 Years of Age” are compared to the “Nutrient Reference Values” in the form of a Nutrition Facts panel. This clever tool demonstrates clearly where American are lacking in their diet, and where they are getting too much of a nutrient. Although an emphasis on canned food suggests a sponsor bias, this is an informative and well formatted resource.
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    Distributor: Canned Food Alliance
    Contact: Dana Hanzlik
    Mail: 6 PPG Place, Floor 13
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
    Phone: 412-456-3874
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