- In a recent study, 52 percent of Americans (that were polled) believed doing their taxes was easier than figuring out how to eat healthy.
- Only 3 in 10 Americans believe that all sources of calories play an equal role in weight gain.
- 75 percent of Americans say they choose products that are lower in total fat at least sometimes.
- Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that in 2011 the average American consumed nearly one ton of food. That’s 1,996 pounds of food a year.
- The 2011 study also revealed some other interesting numbers. Americans ate:
- 632 lbs. of dairy products – 31.4 lbs. of that is cheese.
- 415.4 lbs. of vegetables. The most popular choices are corn and potatoes. 29 pounds of those veggies are french fries.
- 273 lbs. of fruit. Mostly apples and oranges.
- 183.6 lbs. of meat and poultry. 60.4 lbs. is chicken. 62.4 lbs. is beef. 16.1 lbs. is fish/shellfish.
- 141.6 lbs. of sweeteners. And 53 gallons of soda.
- 20 percent of all American meals are eaten in the car.
- At least 1 in 4 people eat some type of fast food every day.
- Americans consume 31 percent more packaged food than fresh food.
- Healthiness of the food we eat decreases by 1.7 percent for every hour that passes in the day.
- Over 10 billion donuts are consumed in the US every year.
- Americans spend 10 percent of their disposable income on fast food every year.
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Sources: NPR, CDC, Department of Agriculture, Food Business News, New York Times, Graphs.net, Mind Body Green, Food Insight, Grist, CBS,