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The American diet in one chart, with lots of fats and sugars via @grist

The American diet in one chart, with lots of fats and sugars via @grist

"Consider that until recently the picture of the Mediterranean was one of poverty and destitution, even in the richest countries," Wright writes. "Mediterranean cuisines developed as a reaction against the monotonous foods of centuries of famine and starvation." People generally relied on what the land around them could grow; weeds, as Patience Grey shows in her classic book Honey from a Weed: Fasting and Feasting in Tuscany, Catalonia, the Cyclades and Apulia , provided a key source of nutrients. There was no food industry cranking out sugars and fats to add to food; they were precious ingredients, and used sparingly. In her NYT piece, Ciezadlo shows that such traditions are eroding all around the Mediterranean as the popularity of U.S.-style fast and convenience food -- laden with plenty of added sugars and fats -- explodes. And as the traditions wane, diet-related healt...

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