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American's Diet IQ: We're Not Geniuses

American's Diet IQ: We're Not Geniuses

The results are not good. In terms of diet IQ, Americans definitely wouldn't be invited to join MENSA.

According to a recent survey conducted by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) only 11 percent of Americans knew the amount of calories they should consume daily to maintain a healthy weight. Hmmmm...They must not know about the FitSugar calculator.

More unsettling than our lack of knowledge was the disconnect between what we know to be healthy and how we live. While 90 percent of Americans say breakfast is an important meal of a healthy diet, only 49 percent manage to eat breakfast every day. Did you manage to eat breakfast today? Another startling disconnect was that 80 percent of folks surveyed knew what foods were considered heart-healthy, but just 42 percent actually ate those foods. The proven combination of exercise and healthy eating as a weight management strategy didn't rate all that high in the surveyed population

Susan Borra, the president of the IFIC Foundation, commented on the findings saying, “That concept of calories in, calories out isn’t quite making the consumer radar screen." Her advice is to take incremental steps daily toward lifestyle changes, because a couple of steps add up in the long run. Check out the IFIC's website for more information on: Your Personal Path to Health: Steps to a Healthier You! You can also find the details of the survey there too.

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