How much dairy do you think you consume in a year? Do you crave a lot of bovine juice in your food? Well, if you do, then you are the average 36.6 year old American of 5’9″ (m) or 5’4″ (f). You all know how much I love infographics (or as I call them here “Infoodgraphics“). So I was pleased as an American and a dork when I recently discovered this nifty graphic put out by Visual Economics.
Apparently, the average American consumes 600.5 lbs of dairy products a year (which includes 181 lbs of beverage milks). Far ahead of anything else. We consume 415.4 lbs of vegetables (which includes 56 lbs of corn). This is followed by 273.2 lbs of fruit. I thought we Americans were ok healthy when I saw the amount of vegetables and fruits consumed, but then I scrolled down and was reminded that this includes things like pizza, soda, and fries.
If you are what you eat, then I guess this makes us a nation of cows.
I’m kind of curious if the average Hawaii person matches this chart or if the numbers are slightly different given the make-up of our islands. It would probably be like 10 tons of salt considering how much shoyu we put on everything. In any event, this information may answer my prior ponderings in the previous post (try say that four times fast) of why we have eating contests.
It's like a rainbow, a rainbow of when stuff is available to eat! I want to eat the rainbow
Anyone who knows me, knows I love infographics. An infographic is a graphical representation of information, data, or knowledge (thank you, wikipedia). I also love food, thus I started an eating club, do a blog, and generally try to think of new innovative things to show you all (but not really as someone has already done it so I let the links do my work). Anyway, I was bored one day and typed in “food infographics” into Google (novel, I know). Of course Google does its magic and I have several sites with beautiful infographics showing me things about food I never knew.
For instance, the seasonality of certain foods. You know I always love strawberries and never know when they come around. I also think I only pay attention to gourds, melons, and anything the reminds me of my head (big and full of stuff in it, but not the tasty part). So I of course selected the picture to go with this post. I hope some of you find it happy. I’m always wondering when something is coming into season, so much so I might want to print out this handy infographic. May be you should too! I also totally coined a new term, food infographics, should be “infoodgraphics.”
Anyway, is there something in Hawaii food culture you’d like to see turned into an infographic? May be the consumption of spam by Hawaii as compared to the rest of the nation in the shape of a spam musubi?