Americans have always been known for their food. And when it comes to American food, the first things that come to mind are cheeseburgers, hotdogs and other greasy, unhealthy delights. However, a recent study indicates that Americans may be changing the way they eat for the better.

The study, which was published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, indicates that the average American adult now consumes less calories per day compared to the years preceding 2005. The study took into account data collected between 2005 and 2010 and it further shows that the slight drop in calorie intake may be the result of eating less fast food items and making healthier eating choices.

Aside from cutting down on fast food, Americans have also been enjoying more home cooked meals, which are often healthier compared to food prepared in most fast food chains. The Economic Research Service, which conducted the study, used information collected from national survey samples. While it showed that Americans are now spending less on eating out, the data included samples from 2006 to 2009, which also coincided with a worldwide recession. Regardless of whether this was due to cost cutting or conscious efforts to eat healthy, the facts cannot be denied and Americans are ending up healthier because of it.

Between 2006 and 2009, American spending on eating out decreased by 12.9 percent. While that sounds like a relatively small number, a 12.9 percent decrease amounts to cutting 127 calories everyday. While the results sound promising, many health professionals are still urging the public to be more vigilant with their eating habits due to the fact that obesity remains one of the country's biggest health concerns.

In spite of the results of the study being tied closely to a recession, Americans are continuing to be more conscious about the things they eat. Consumer focus on healthier food alternatives continues to rise gradually as the years go by. Moreover, there has been constant pressure on American food service companies to offer healthier products and menus.

While the recent changes may be small for now, it could very well start a paradigm shift that could lead America to a healthier future.

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