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Minnesota: Diet Generally Improves as Adolescents Age into Young Adulthood

Understanding how diet changes over time, particularly during the period from adolescence to young adulthood when individuals often gain independence, is crucial to supporting healthier dietary practices.

A study by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, recently published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, measured adherence to the USDA’s MyPlate dietary guidelines and dietary changes from adolescence to young adulthood. The researchers used data from Project EAT, a longitudinal study gathering health and wellbeing data from a group of people from adolescence into young adulthood.

The study found:

“This study shows some encouraging trends — dietary intake of vegetables and whole grains is improving as youth age into young adults — but there’s clearly still some work to do,” said Dr. Mary Christoph, who led the study while a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Public Health.

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