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What is driving increases in dietary quality in the United States?
- Smith, Travis A., Valizadeh, Pourya, Lin, Biing-Hwan, Coats, Ellen
- Food policy 2019 v.86 pp. 101720
- adults, attitudes and opinions, demographic statistics, diet, food choices, nutrition information, nutrition policy, nutritional adequacy, prices, storage quality, taste, United States
- Over 1994–2010, adult dietary quality in the United States increased by 10 percent. We find a shift in consumption between at-home and away-from-home food played a relatively minor role as compared to changes in demographics and educational attainment. The two largest contributors we identify include an increased usage of nutritional information and a shift away from relying heavily on price, taste, storability and ease of preparation when shopping for food. Our findings suggest nutrition policy discussions could focus on further shifting attitudes/preferences towards healthier diets while allowing consumers to better extract nutrition information when making food choices.