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What Does The Average American Eat In a Year? [Infographic]

It’s no secret that Americans eat A LOT, but what exactly are we eating and how much?

The infographic below from Visualeconomics provides a compelling breakdown of what the average American eats on an annual basis, with pound-age figures to boot.

I really want to be shocked that we drink ~ 1 gallon of soda per week, but then again with super-sized drinks and $1 liters abound I’m really, really not.

Some quick hits:

  • Average Male: 190 lbs, 5’9″
  • Average Female: 164 lbs, 5’4″
  • Average caffeine consumption: ~270 mg per day, or about 3 cups of coffee
  • Average calories: 2,700 per DAY!
  • We eat nearly 2,000 pounds of food per year
  • We eat nearly 7x more red meat than fish — reduce that and heart disease would SIGNIFICANTLY drop. Fish adds heart-healthy omega-3s. Cutting red meat consumption reduces saturated fat intake
  • We eat .4 pounds of added caloric sweeteners per day — that equates to about 4/5 of ONE CUP. That’s SO much sugar. Fill up a measuring cup if you don’t believe me…



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Bryan DiSanto

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto. I'm the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness junkie.

I also contribute to Men's Health Magazine.

When I'm not working on my abs (or somebody else’s), whipping up avocado roses and avocado toast, or running a Tough Mudder, I'm probably yelling at a Carolina Panthers game somewhere.

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