I am optimistic that Americans will change their diets for the better, but such changes don't happen overnight. For example, we have seen that saturated fat has declined from about 18 percent of calories to 11 percent over the last 40 years, and egg consumption has decreased by about half over that time. Also, some important changes can happen quickly by modification of the manufacturing process; in this way we have cut trans fat intake by about 2/3 over the past five years. This was virtually invisible to consumers but has been a tremendous change for the better. We now need to do the same with salt, which primarily comes from processed foods.
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