11 Facts About American Eating Habits

fast food children1. 52% of Americans (that were polled) believed doing their taxes was easier than figuring out how to eat healthy.

2. At least 1 in 4 people eat some type of fast food every day.

3. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that the average American consumed nearly one ton of food. That’s 1,996 pounds of food a year.

4. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s tests have found widespread pesticide contamination on popular fruits and vegetables, also known as the "dirty dozen." Here is a creative way to encourage your friends to buy organic fruits and veggies.

5. The study also revealed some other interesting numbers. Americans ate: 632 lbs. of dairy products (including 31.4 lbs. of cheese), 415.4 lbs. of vegetables (most popular being corn and potatoes), 273 lbs. of fruit, and 183.6 lbs. of meat and poultry.

6. Only 3 in 10 Americans believe that all sources of calories play an equal role in weight gain. Many Americans believe that carbohydrates, sugars, and fats are the key sources for weight gain

7. Americans consume 31% more packaged food than fresh food.

8. Healthiness of the food we eat decreases by 1.7% for every hour that passes in the day, meaning that people generally eat healthiest at breakfast and will most likely eat unhealthier food later in the day.

9. Over 10 billion donuts are consumed in the US every year.

10. 20% of all American meals are eaten in the car.

11. Americans spend 10% of their disposable income on fast food every year.

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