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Away-From-Home Foods Increasingly Important to Quality of American Diet

Biing-Hwan Lin (), Elizabeth Frazao and Joanne Guthrie ()

No 33733, Agricultural Information Bulletins from United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service

Abstract: The increasing popularity of dining out over the past two decades has raised the proportion of nutrients obtained from away-from-home food sources. Between 1977 and 1995, home foods significantly improved their nutritional quality, more so than away-from-home foods, which typically contained more of the nutrients overconsumed (fat and saturated fat) and less of the nutrients underconsumed (calcium, fiber, and iron) by Americans. Since the trend of eating out frequently is expected to continue, strategies to improve the American diet must address consumers' food choices when eating out. This report analyzes food intake survey data collected by USDA over the past two decades to compare the nutritional quality of home and away-from-home foods and examine how the quality has changed over time.

Keywords: Food; Consumption/Nutrition/Food; Safety (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26
Date: 1999
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.33733

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