So what are Americans really eating?

I was looking for some numbers on what Americans eat (which I suppose is sort of like seeking out a car accident to watch), and found that someone had made this helpful little pie chart (below my commentary).

This thing sure is interesting to look at.  Some thoughts that have come to me as I gaze upon it…

• Nearly a third (31.7%) of what we consume was naturally intended solely for baby mammals

• 1,107.3 pounds of consumption each year (over 55%) comes from foods that are foreign to the natural diet of every species on the planet (dairy, flour/cereal, sweeteners, corn, fats/oils)

• That fish sure looks smug

• We consume 232 pounds of animal-based foods versus 248 pounds of grain-based foods… bet the USDA is happy now (if only we weren’t still getting fatter)

• I wonder how much of the “veggies” are in potato form… clearly at least 29 pounds, given the amount of french fries is included in the chart

• Apparently people still think corn is a vegetable

• I’ll bet the people at are ecstatic that we’re consuming 42 pounds of corn syrup a year.  From their site:

High fructose corn syrup is made from corn — a natural grain product. High fructose corn syrup contains no artificial or synthetic ingredients or color additives and meets the Food and Drug Administration’s requirements for use of the term “natural.”  [emphasis is their own]

So many things wrong with this paragraph… corn is not a natural grain product, it’s domesticated… it contains no real ingredients (i.e. ones that exist without human intervention)… apparently the FDA has loose morals if it considers corn syrup “natural”… by this same logic, cocaine and heroin are also “natural”

• That runner needs to wear a longer shirt

What thoughts occur to you when you look at this chart?


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One response to “So what are Americans really eating?

  1. Wow. I guess people still think milk does a body good. I can’t believe how much better I feel now that I don’t eat dairy.

    I’m still working on kicking the sugar and reducing carbs. Harder than I expected!

    That fish DOES look smug.

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