Plus de mauvais gras dans nos assiettes qu’aux États-Unis | Actualité | LeFigaro.fr – Santé

Some interesting comparisons between France and American diets. While the overall calorie intake is similar between the two countries, the French consume less sugar and have a more diversified diet than Americans, with less than half the obesity rate of Americans. However, French youth are losing some of that diverse diet, particularly with respect to fruits and vegetables.

And the story did not even mention wine to counteract all those rich cheeses etc. Quote:

D’autre part, contrairement à une idée reçue communément répandue, les Américains ne mangent pas plus que nous. L’apport énergétique total estimé est sensiblement le même dans les deux pays: 2095 kilocalories par jour en France, 2073 aux États-Unis. Mais les Français mangent de façon plus diversifiée, grignotent moins et consomment beaucoup moins de sucres que les Américains, qui boivent 4,5 fois plus de sodas et trois fois plus de jus de fruits. Ces trois éléments permettent d’expliquer en partie pourquoi plus de 35% des adultes sont obèses aux États-Unis contre «seulement» 15% en France. La plus grande sédentarité des Américains, qui passent en moyenne une heure de plus chaque jour (4h53 contre 3h47) devant leur télévision, serait un autre facteur explicatif.

Plus de mauvais gras dans nos assiettes qu’aux États-Unis | Actualité | LeFigaro.fr – Santé.

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2 thoughts on “Plus de mauvais gras dans nos assiettes qu’aux États-Unis | Actualité | LeFigaro.fr – Santé

  1. As someone who has watched the evolution of French eating habits over 20 years, I agree that they are degrading somewhat. These days I see a lot more snacking and more two-income families eating prepared food. In the urban area where I live I am seeing more young French who are not obese but who are definitely heavier than previous generations. McDonald’s is very popular here.

    Last week however I had a chance to recall what it was like in times past. My French mother-in-law came to stay with me during this chemo cycle since my husband was out of town. For 5 days she cooked and we ate the way she was taught to eat nearly 80 years ago. She’s from the Limousin which is not a terribly prosperous region but, oh, the food is good. Much humbler than “haute cuisine” but tasty, cheap and nutritious. What she was able to do with a few inexpensive cuts of meat, some vegetables and herbs was nothing short of amazing. What is was not, however, was quick. Preparation for lunch started right after breakfast and dinner was stewing on the stove in the early afternoon. These days very few couples have that kind of time.

    • Hi Victoria,

      Thanks for sharing your observations. The challenge is to find faster recipes that nevertheless are more healthy. We always are impressed by the quality of the fruit and vegetables in France, so much more tasty than here.

      Best wishes and good luck with this cycle.

      Andrew

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