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Food Consumption in America

What Are We Eating? What the Average American Consumes in a Year

Calculating the amount of food that the average person eats is not as difficult as some may think. However, the several averages are taken into account. For starters, the average American is 36.6 years old. The average man is 5’9” and weighs 190 lbs. and the average woman is 5’4” and weighs 164 lbs. The average amount of food eaten is based on the behavior of both men and women. In a year, statistics from the Food and Drug Administration indicate that the average person eats 1,996.3 lbs. of food per year. That’s almost one ton a year.


1 Ton of Food

Of this nearly ton of food eaten in a year, 85.5 lbs. consist of fats and oils. 110 lbs. are of red meat and include 62.4 lbs. of beef and 46.5 lbs. of pork. Americans eat 73.6 lbs. of poultry, including 60.4 lbs. of chicken, as well as 16.1 lbs. of fish and shellfish and 32.7 lbs. of eggs.

Another popular protein source is the 31.4 lbs. of cheese and 600.5 lbs. of non-cheese dairy products consumed annually. This doesn’t include the 181 lbs. of beverage milk (beverage milk includes white, skim, 1%, 2%, and chocolate). Americans eat 192.3 lbs. of flour and cereal products, including 134.1 lbs. of wheat flour, much of this which is eaten as heavily processed baked goods. 141.6 lbs. of caloric sweeteners, including 42 lbs. of corn syrup are used, even though they can contribute to diabetes. Americans eat 56 lbs. of corn each year and 415.4 lbs. of vegetables and 273.2 lbs. of fruit each year. Although these numbers seem high, health advocates continue to encourage more fruit and vegetable consumption To wash these down, 24 lbs. of coffee, cocoa and nuts are consumed both in beverages and whole.


Unhealthy Foods

Unhealthy foods that are loved by Americans include 29 lbs. of french fries, 23 lbs. of pizza and 24 lbs. of ice cream. Adding to these numbers are the 53 gallons of soda drunk each year, which averages to about 1 gallon each week for the average person. Americans eat 24 lbs. of artificial sweeteners each year, 2.736 lbs. of sodium (which is 47 percent more than recommended by the FDA) and0.2 lbs. of caffeine each year (about 90,700 mg). In total, Americans eat an average of 2,700 calories each day. Maybe next year will be better?