This new chart from Visual Economics is very interesting. It breaks down by food category how many pounds the average American eats each year. 

A couple of the things that leave me with questions:
  • Of the 600.5 pounds of non-cheese dairy products, only 181 pounds of that is drinkable milk. We're consuming 419.5 pounds of dairy that isn't milk or cheese. And, according to the notes below the graphic, only 24 pounds of that is ice cream. What is the rest? Yogurt and what else? It's not butter. That's grouped with fats. 
  • Why is coffee grouped with chocolate and nuts?
  • We eat more pounds of French fries each year than we do pizza? 
  • Where are the beans?
  • Of the 56 pounds of corn each person consumes each year, 42 of those are in corn syrup. (I know that's not a question — it's just astonishing).

There's a lot about this chart that's alarming, but it's good to know that this isn't the way everyone has to eat. We have choices, and we can make our individual charts look any way we want. We can increase the fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and decrease the fats, corn syrups and other sweeteners. It's up to us.

Image: Visual Economics 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

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