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Are you What you Eat?

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.