The Standard American Diet and its relationship to the health status of Americans

Nutr Clin Pract. 2010 Dec;25(6):603-12. doi: 10.1177/0884533610386234.


The Standard American Diet (SAD) has long been implicated in contributing to the health challenges experienced in the United States. Significant changes to the SAD have occurred since the 1950s, including a greater abundance and accessibility to calorie-dense and nutrient-poor food and beverage choices. The disparity of present consumption patterns to diet and nutrition recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans are addressed.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Diet / history
  • Diet / standards*
  • Energy Intake*
  • Food Supply*
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Health Status*
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Nutrition Policy*
  • United States