Eating a Ton (Literally Speaking) in 2011

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Who ate a literal ton (2,000 lbs) of food in 2011? Surprise: the average American did! Or, well, the actual figure from the NPR food blog, “The Salt” is 1,996 lbs per person which is 4 lbs shy of the one ton mark. The blog analyzes data that was collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on food consumption patterns. Of the nearly 2,000 lbs of food American’s ate last year, on average about 630 lbs could be accounted for in dairy products. That’s approximately one third!

What’s more, if the sheer weight of the food consumed isn’t suspicious, then the calorie content may be. The data shows that Americans consumed an average of 2,700 calories per day, which is 700 calories more than the suggested healthy average of 2,000.

Visit “The Salt” (linked above), to learn more about the foods and the trends that dominated American diets in 2011, and to find out about some food trend predictions of 2012.

(image: Canyon Wholesale Provisions)

Written by jmalsky

January 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm

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  1. That picture is too enticing. I’m going for 2 tons!


    January 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm

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