In a world of ever-increasing consumption of digital and social media, a new kind of information gathering may be a necessity.
Here are a few of the ways.
– The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has begun to collect nutrition data from food manufacturers.
A food labeling law signed by President Trump will allow manufacturers to collect nutritional information on their food and the FDA will start collecting that information through this program, the FDA said in a statement on Tuesday.
– A growing number of nutrition labels are now required by the FDA to list a minimum amount of fiber.
A report published by the American Dietetic Association on Monday found that a majority of Americans are eating more fiber than they should.
– Some states have introduced regulations that require restaurants to provide nutrition information on menus and to post calorie counts on menus.
– More than one-quarter of Americans say they are eating too much sugar, according to a recent survey by Nielsen.
The survey found that 39 percent of adults and 34 percent of children believe that too much sugars are bad for them.
A third of adults said that eating too many calories is a health risk.
– Nearly one-third of Americans said that their diets have become more unhealthy over the past two years.
According to the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 51 percent of people said that they eat too many sugars and 27 percent said that sugar has become a health problem.
– In a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that obesity and diabetes were on the rise in the U.S. in 2016, with the percentage of Americans who were overweight or obese more than doubling from 13.4 percent in 2015 to 26.5 percent in 2016.
Researchers found that the increase in obesity was linked to the rise of diet-related health problems such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension.