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CSPI’s Nutrition Action Healthletter Grades the Changing American Diet

Cheese Consumption hits All-Time High; Americans Still Consuming Too Much Beef & Soda Despite Declines, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)

I’m sure it comes as no surprise to regular readers that the CSPI gives a barely passing grade to the quantity and quality of food we are consuming.


Americans are eating too much of everything, and it’s not just how much, but what we eat, that needs work, according to a report card on the changing American diet published today in Nutrition Action Healthletter.  The average American consumes about 2,500 calories per day, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates.  That’s up from about 2,000 calories a day in the 1970s. (my emphasis)

(Ed. note:  CSPI is hosting a quiz about America’s Changing Diet. Take it now, if you like, since spoilers follow.)

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What are the Benefits of Healthy Food? – Infographic

We hear every day how important it is to eat healthy foods and not to junk up our systems with the many forms of junk foods available. It gets to feel like a cliche after a while. So, here is a graphic explanation of why you should eat healthy foods. Exactly what good does it do us to eat healthy foods?

Speaking of junk foods, you might want to check out my post A Love Letter to Hostess Ho Ho’s – NOT for further details.

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How Many Calories Are in the New Triple Double Oreo?

Cookie lovers were marveling over a new triple stack Oreo announced last week, officially called the Triple Double Oreo. It looks a bit like a mini-layer cake, with three wafers of Oreo cookie sandwiched around two layers of cream, one vanilla, one chocolate.

Oreo’s, like so many sugar treats,  can be addictive if you aren’t careful. They are the perfect snack to take one out and put the rest back in the bag and put the bag back in the cupboard. Don’t just keep eating them out of the bag. Oreos aren’t nutritious food, just tasty bites of  junk food.


Oreo has been very good at coming out with new varieties in recent years to drum up more sales. There’s a red-cream-filled Christmas Oreo, for example, and of course the double-stuffed.

So, how many calories are in the new triple stack? One cookie is 100 calories, 8 grams of sugar (two teaspoons full)  and 4 grams of fat,  reports the Chicago Tribune. That’s not all that bad, if you can eat one or two cookies and stop. The chocolate chip cookies that Subway bakes in its stores, by way of comparison, are 200 calories each. So the Oreo’s aren’t as bad as a big chocolate chip cookie. But, remember, neither is very good for you.

Remember, we are still talking  junk food here. There is minimal nutrition in one of these.

Cookies are calorie and sugar bombs, be especially careful around these new Oreo’s. Try a nice apple or other piece of fruit. A slice of cold pineapple is delicious and only 42 calories.

I have written about smart snacking a number of times:
Snacking Advice from Weight Watchers
Super Bowl Sunday Snacking
Snacking of Seaweed
Snacking as an Act of Kindness
Portion Size and Snacking
Snacking Tips from Harvard
Targeted Snacking
A Love Letter to Hostess Ho Ho’s – NOT



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