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Americans Spend Less on Groceries But Weight More Than Ever ...: The majority of these expenses could be avoided...

Americans Spend Less on Groceries But Weight More Than Ever ...: The majority of these expenses could be avoided...

By Dana Shultz | Image via Lam Thuy Vo for NPR American waistlines are expanding as overall grocery bills are shrinking. And “why,” you might ask? We’re spending our grocery money on junk. According to recent research from NPR , American food spending has taken a turn for the worst in the last 30 years. Data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows that comparatively, Americans spend a lot less money on food today than we did in 1982, and not on anything worthwhile either. Processed foods and sweets used to be one of the least purchased grocery store items, making up only 11.6 percent of the average American’s grocery budget, with meat coming in first at 31 percent, and fruits and veggies second at 14.5 percent. But updated research shows that although Americans spend less money on groceries, they now spend more on junk with nearly 22.9 percent of their grocery budget going...

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