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A new study is debunking the idea that American diets are more unhealthy than ever. Harvard University researchers recently reported that diets have been improving since 1999, and the results demonstrate that more than 1 million people have been saved from premature deaths.
These same researchers believe that dietary improvements have also significantly cut the rates of diabetes and heart disease, with lessened benefits to cancer cases.
Americans are eating less processed and red meats than ever. Additionally, they are eating more fruit, nuts, whole grains, and legumes. While researchers still believe that the overall diet in the U.S. is poor and that further improvements are necessary, these changes have gone a long way to improving overall health in the U.S.
These findings were published in Health Affairs in November 2015.