Friday, September 16, 2011

What An Average American Eats in a Year

Something that was glaring to me is out of the 2,000 pounds of food eaten in a year, only 62 pounds of it is beef.  Seems like many people are barking up the wrong tree if they are targeting beef as a big problem in our diets. 

Draw your own conclusions.  I found this on  



Chuck said...

i just noticed this prominent blogger posted this before me. oh well, great minds think alike.

Jan said...

I've seen this before, but it was worth being reminded about. What boggles my mind is that the average person eats 29 pounds of french fries, 23 pounds of pizza, 24 pounds of ice cream and 53 gallons of soda a year. It's hard for me to comprehend - even before I went paleo, I rarely ate any of that stuff.

I also wish they'd broken down the 600 pounds of non-cheese dairy products (which the 181 pounds of "beverage milks" is part of if I'm reading the chart correctly) into full-fat, low-fat and non-fat. I'm willing to bet the low-fat and non-fat is the majority of that, which makes the "fat makes you fat" reasoning pretty much null and void.

Chuck said...


yes, it is very eye opening to consider over 50% of what we eat is fruits, veggies, sugars, and grains. add in a big portion in the form of the low fat dairy and it is probably over 60-65%. Yet it is fatty animal products that are killing America right?

Emily @ Butter Believer said...

Ugh... for the last time, America. CORN IS NOT A VEGETABLE.

Also, I'm pretty shocked that the largest category isn't "wheat flour." I'm virtually certain that Americans are eating far more grains than they are vegetables. Of course I mean *actual* vegetables (not corn)...