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Kids Eating Way Too Much Ultra-Processed Food – But Drinking Less Pop

MAJORITY OF DIETS AMONG CHILDREN AND TEENS CONSIST OF “ULTRA-PROCESSED” FOOD: Wondering what’s for dinner? According to research published by the medical journal JAMA, two-thirds of the food children and teens in the U.S. consume is ultra-processed. “Frozen pizza, microwaved meals, packaged snacks and desserts” made up 67% of diets in 2018, compared to 61% in 1999. Black, non-Hispanic children and teens consumed more ultra-processed foods than their White counterparts, while Mexican American children and teens consumed less, “which authors said could reflect more home cooking among Hispanic families.” Meanwhile, efforts to cut back soda consumption have been successful, as the drinking of “sugar-sweetened beverages dropped from 10.8% to 5.3%.” (CNN)

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