Boy oh boy, we sure can pack it away

American Annual Food ConsumptionWe write often enough about what we eat, where it comes from, who grows our food and why it’s important to buy and eat locally. But here’s some new insights that are really mind-boggling – stomach-boggling, too. Did you know that the average American eats nearly a ton of food per year? Of course you did.

But we didn’t. So, next time someone says, “I’m so hungry I could eat a ton” tell them they probably did last year. At times, we get so fixated on daily calorie intake, carbs and fats that we lose sight of the fact that we’re consuming nearly 5.5 pounds of food each day. That’s equivalent to eating a Mr. Coffee 12 ounce coffee maker. But don’t try that at home.

So, what do we eat the most of? At the top of the list is dairy products accounting for 600 of the 1,996 pounds that we eat, but that does not include the drinking of milk.  And of that 600 pounds of dairy, 31 pounds are cheese. Next up are vegetables. Hooray! We eat 415 pounds of vegetables including potatoes, so keep it up America – perhaps we could start a nationwide movement called The Vegetable 500 in hopes that we could reach 500 pounds of vegetable consumption each year.

And coming in at number three is 181 pounds of milk that we drink followed by 172 pounds of fruit. Now, let’s take a look at some of the main courses we eat; we consume 110 pounds of red meat and pork, 73 pounds of poultry, but only 16 pounds of seafood.

And here are a few more averages for you. We eat 2,700 calories per day, the average American is 36.6 years old, men weigh 190 pounds and stand 5’9” tall, and women weigh 164 pounds and are 5’4” tall. And just so you know, we drink a gallon of soda per week, and we consume 141 pounds of sweets each year, which is equivalent to 2.5 Hershey Milk Chocolate Bars each day. Boy oh boy, we love our sweets!

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