Foods that should form the smallest part of our diets ? fats, oils and sweets? are in fact a major part of many people?s daily consumption, according to anew study. The study analysed results from a national survey of more than15,000 adults in the United States. The foods eaten were eithercategorised into the regular five Pyramid food groups (grains, fruits,vegetables, dairy, and meat and beans), or into a group of high-calorie,low-nutrient foods. This last group supplied an average of about 27 per centof people?s daily calories, with another 4 per cent coming from alcohol. Thismeans that almost one-third of their daily calories supplied very littlenutrition. In fact, for a third of the survey respondents, almost half theday?s calories (45 per cent) came from high-calorie, low-nutrient foods. Thebiggest sources of calories were sugar, confectionery, syrup and sweetenedcarbonated and non-carbonated drinks and baked and dairy desserts. Saltysnacks (crisps and tortillas) and added fats (butter, margarine, oil, saladdressing and gravy) were consumed in smaller quantities. Full findings arepublished in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.