If you had to estimate how many pounds of food the average American eats per year, what would say?
[Average is a 5’9″ male or 5’4″ female, approximately 36.6 years old…]
You’re going to be shocked.
Every year, the average American eats 1996.3 pounds of food…that’s almost 2 TONS?!
I recently came across a website that showed the number of POUNDS of food we are eating by food group. Being on the Phase 1 diet, I was especially interested to see how much food we eat that is NOT on the diet:
600 lb Dairy (non-cheese)
193 lb Wheat Products and cereal
56 lb Corn
141 lb Caloric sweeteners (including 42 lbs Corn Syrup)
990 lbs!? That’s almost HALF of what we’re eating for the whole year! If you think like I do, that certain foods are actually medicinal (those with anti-fungal properties) and some actually encourage fungi to thrive (sugar, grains, peanuts, pistachios, corn), then it makes sense why we, as a society, are sicker than ever!
The research was broken down further to show the “really bad foods” too:
29 lbs of French fries
53 gallons of Soda
23 lbs of Pizza
24 lbs of Ice Cream
No wonder obesity is such an issue in our country.
I truly believe that people don’t understand that the foods they eat are directly impacting their bodies. The INSIDE of their bodies. People usually adopt healthy eating habits when they notice their pants are getting snug, but not necessarily when they get random tummy troubles or an increase in sinus infections.
It would be great if someone could invent an x-ray type machine that could show you what your insides really look like. I remember Oprah had Dr. Oz on a few years back and showed a large 15 pound piece of fat, what many Americans are carrying around their middle. Seeing that would make anyone want to diet. I think we all need these reality checks more often 🙂