Nutrition in America

Archive Report

Growing Concern About Proper Nutrition

Effect of High Food Prices on Dietary Habits

Rising food prices are causing many Americans to take a second look at traditional ideas about proper nutrition. Nine years ago, the American Medical Association (AMA) was recommending three or more servings of meat and at least four servings of fruits and vegetables each day. As the cost of such a diet becomes increasingly prohibitive, people are considering less expensive ways of getting the vital nutrients: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. Retail food prices, as measured on the Consumer Price Index, have risen 13.7 per cent in the past year, 10.2 per cent since January.

Public discontent about high food prices has centered on meat, especially beef, which accounts for 25 to 30 ...

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