The American (Western) Diet

The American diet is a term used to describe the typical eating habits of people living in the United States. The American diet has been heavily influenced by fast food, convenience foods, and a culture of snacking. It is characterized by high levels of consumption of processed and refined foods, high amounts of added sugars, unhealthy fats, and low levels of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Some of the foods commonly consumed in the American diet include burgers, hot dogs, pizza, fried chicken, French fries, soda, candy, and other sweets. These foods are often high in calories, fat, sugar, and salt, and are associated with an increased risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions.

Despite the negative health consequences associated with the American diet, there are also many healthy foods and dietary patterns that are common in the United States. For example, there has been a growing interest in plant-based diets, and many Americans are incorporating more whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, into their diets. Additionally, many Americans are starting to pay more attention to the quality of the foods they eat, opting for organic and locally sourced foods when possible.