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LONDON — There may be more fruit, vegetables, and healthy options available than ever before, but the world is mostly hungry for junk food, according to a study of eating habits in nearly 190 countries.

International researchers combed through more than 320 self-reported diet surveys from 1990 to 2010 and looked at how often people said they ate 17 common foods, drinks, and nutrients, including healthy choices such as fruits, vegetables, and fish and unhealthier alternatives such as salt, processed meat, and sugary drinks.

They found that even though people are eating more healthful foods, there has been an even bigger jump in the amount of junk food eaten.


‘‘There’s still a long way to go,’’ said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian of the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University, one of the study authors.

Associated Press