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A recent study compared the daily eating habits of over 8,000 Americans to the nutritional standards set forth by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While some groups are doing better than others, researchers discovered that people are not meeting the nutritional recommendations. The study showed that children and the elderly tended to have better quality diets than middle-aged adults. Hispanics also exhibited healthier diets than blacks or whites and women have better diets than men. Overall the study participants were far from meeting a perfect score of ten, indicating that the American diet as a whole needs to be improved. Lead researchers of the study call for more national policies that encourage the daily consumption of fruits and vegetables.

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