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Over the past century, as our food environments have gotten less healthy, so have our diets.
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We're overconsuming known disease-causing foods.

Americans are eating 50% more meat than the amount recommended in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines.

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We're underconsuming foods

vital to our health.

Only 1 in 10 Americans eat the minimally recommended amount of fruits and vegetables - leaving 97% of us fiber deficient.

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Our diets are dangerously imbalanced.

Over 60% of the foods in the standard American diet are ultra-processed food-type products like chicken nuggets and frozen pizza.

Less healthy diets have led to less healthy families.
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Poor nutrition is killing us.

Imbalanced diets are the leading cause of disease, disability, and premature death. Unhealthy dietary-patterns are responsible for 700,000 American deaths annually.

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We're sicker than ever.

Over 117 million American adults live with one or more preventable, chronic illness(es) linked to imbalanced dietary patterns.

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Our children are not immune.

The current generation of children has a predicted lifespan that is shorter than that of their parents as a result of imbalanced dietary patterns.

and it's because of our 

Food Environments

Our food environments are the primary determiners of our food choices, which is why the foods that dominate our food environments also dominate our diets.

Even with the best of intentions,

and endless nutrition information at our fingertips, until our food environments support healthier eating, our families will continue to experience unnecessary food-system caused, diet-related diseases.

In the fight for healthier families,

balanced menus make a difference

- now more than ever.

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Impact Calculator

Clearly, our food environments impact our health - but do we really know how much? 

Select a food category below to learn more about the true impact menus and food environments have on our health.

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Eggs
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Processed Meats
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Poultry
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Ultraprocessed Products
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Red Meat
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Dairy
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Beans
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Greens
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Whole
Grains
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Fruit

Compared to eggs (per serving)

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 Tofu 

+3 grams protein

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 Chickpeas 

+12 grams fiber

Fiber                     
Sodium 
Sat. Fat               
Cholesterol        
1 g
9.1 mg
1 g
0 mg
Protein                 
Sodium 
Sat. Fat             
Cholesterol         
15 g
11 mg
.4 g
0 mg
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Compared to Turkey Deli Meat (per serving)

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 Portobello 
 Mushrooms 

750 fewer mg sodium

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 Tempeh 

+7 grams protein

1.1 g
8 mg
.1 g
0 mg
Fiber                     
Sodium 
Sat. Fat               
Cholesterol        
Protein               
Sodium 
Sat. Fat             
Cholesterol         
20 g
9 mg
2.5 g
0 mg
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Compared to Chicken (per serving)

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 Lentils 

+16 grams

fiber

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 Soy Protein 

100 fewer mg

sodium

Protein               
Sodium 
Sat. Fat             
Cholesterol         
18 g
0 mg
0 g
0 mg
Protein               
Sodium 
Sat. Fat             
Cholesterol         
10 g
5 mg
.5 g
0 mg
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Compared to Beef (per serving)

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 Black   Beans 

+8 grams

fiber

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 Walnuts 

65 fewer mg

sodium

Protein               
Sodium 
Sat. Fat             
Cholesterol         
7 g
10 mg
0 g
0 mg
Protein               
Sodium 
Sat. Fat             
Cholesterol         
4 g
0 mg
1.5 g
0 mg
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Compared to Dairy Milk (per serving)

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 Almond   Milk 

12 fewer mg

cholesterol

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 Oat Milk 

+4 grams

fiber

Protein             
Sodium 
Sat. Fat             
Cholesterol         
1 g
150 mg
.2 g
0 mg
Protein               
Sodium 
Sat. Fat             
Cholesterol         
2.5 g
140 mg
1.2 g
0 mg
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Compared to 3 oz Chicken Nuggets (per serving)

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 White 
 beans 

+13 grams

fiber

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 Tofu 

48 fewer mg 

cholesterol

Protein             
Sodium 
Sat. Fat             
Cholesterol         
6 g
12 mg
.2 g
0 mg
Protein               
Sodium 
Sat. Fat             
Cholesterol         
10 g
9 mg
.9 g
0 mg
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Ginger Glazed Tofu
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Easy ways to eat more whole grains
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Power your meals by adding more legumes
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Creative ways to add more fruit to your meals
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Boost nutrients by adding greens
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