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Americans Making Healthier Food Choices

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CHICAGO, Apr 13, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- People in the United States are reportedly trying to eat smaller portions, reducing cholesterol and trans fats intake, and seeking more fruits and vegetables.

Food Technology magazine says its current cover story, "The Top 10 Functional Food Trends 2004," referenced numerous studies that focused on U.S. food buying and consumption habits.

Late-night snacking is on the wane, fruit and vegetable consumption is growing, and more school lunches are being packed at home, Food Technology said.

In other food trends, more adults sought out low-carb, high-protein food last year than during 2002, Americans are expected to buy more bottled water than coffee or beer, and nearly a third of all consumers want the choice to buy organic food.

More than 300 million people are overweight worldwide and 130 million of them reside in the United States.

Food Technology is the magazine of the international not-for-profit Institute of Food Technologists.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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