New data shows that Americans now spend more money on processed foods at the grocery store than anything else. Certainly restaurants, the government, schools and a whole host of others contribute to the growing obesity trend in this country, but a study by NPR found that consumers spend more of their grocery money (nearly 23 percent of their total food budget) on processed foods than anything else.

The chart below shows how grocery purchases have changed over the years. In 1982, consumers spent the most on meats, fruits and vegetables and grains. By this year, when the study was conducted, processed foods was number 1.

Processed foods create a number of healthy issues. They are usually much higher in sodium, leading to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. They also tend to be higher in sugar, which can lead to obesity, diabetes and other chronic illnesses. And they almost always contain a variety of artificial ingredients, some of which have been shown to cause health issues.

Be careful the next time you shop, and make sure you’re buying fresh fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains and lean meats. It’s also important to minimize the amount of processed foods your family consumes as much as you can.

What one processed food could you give up to improve your family’s health?

Remember, healthy choices you make each day can transform your family for generations! What choices will you make today?

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