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What the average American eats in a year

  • What the average American eats in a year
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    What the average American eats in a year

    How much of your diet consists of leafy green vegetables and fiber-rich foods? If you’re anything like the average American, you’re probably not getting enough of your nutrients from natural sources. Chances are your sugar consumption is also higher than what the Food and Drug Administration recommends.

    Stacker crunched the numbers on data collected by the United States Department of Agriculture over a 15-year period (1994–2008) to determine the food consumption habits of the average American, ranked per capita and broken down by age group as well as income bracket. In this list, children are considered those younger than age 20, while adults are age 20 and over, and only the average of each year’s numbers was taken from the USDA rankings in order to produce the most accurate data points.

    How do you stack up in terms of your own eating habits? Check out the list that follows to find out—and remember to eat your greens.

    ALSO: Snacks and other food items banned in the U.S.

  • #50. Leafy vegetables
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    #50. Leafy vegetables

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 0.78 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 0.34 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 0.95 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 0.54 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 0.93 pounds

  • #49. Oils, other
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    #49. Oils, other

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 1.11 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 1.01 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 1.15 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 1.01 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 1.18 pounds

  • #48. Green peas
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    #48. Green peas

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 1.82 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 1.26 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 2.04 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 1.7 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 1.87 pounds

  • #47. Cucumbers
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    #47. Cucumbers

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 2.23 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 1.47 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 2.52 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 1.96 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 2.38 pounds

  • #46. Tree nuts
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    #46. Tree nuts

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 2.34 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 0.78 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 2.96 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 1.38 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 2.96 pounds

  • #45. Oat flour
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    #45. Oat flour

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 2.73 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 2.7 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 2.73 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 2.31 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 3 pounds

  • #44. Butter
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    #44. Butter

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 2.76 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 1.97 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 3.08 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 2.26 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 3.1 pounds

  • #43. Celery
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    #43. Celery

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 2.81 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 1.44 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 3.35 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 2.4 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 3.08 pounds

  • #42. Oranges
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    #42. Oranges

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 3.48 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 3.35 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 3.53 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 3.92 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 3.19 pounds

  • #41. Snap beans
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    #41. Snap beans

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 3.69 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 2.24 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 4.27 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 3.3 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 3.96 pounds

  • #40. Margarine
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    #40. Margarine

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 3.8 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 2.79 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 4.2 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 3.43 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 4.03 pounds

  • #39. Broccoli and cauliflower
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    #39. Broccoli and cauliflower

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 4.26 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 2.18 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 5.09 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 3.17 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 4.93 pounds

  • #38. Carrots
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    #38. Carrots

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 4.62 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 3.35 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 5.13 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 3.88 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 5.08 pounds

  • #37. Melons
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    #37. Melons

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 4.93 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 3.77 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 5.4 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 4.15 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 5.4 pounds

  • #36. Berries
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    #36. Berries

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 5.49 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 4.49 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 5.89 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 4.12 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 6.36 pounds

  • #35. Peanuts
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    #35. Peanuts

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 5.61 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 4.71 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 5.96 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 4.49 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 6.3 pounds

  • #34. Yogurt
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    #34. Yogurt

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 5.84 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 4.95 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 6.19 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 3.98 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 6.99 pounds

  • #33. Tropical fruits
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    #33. Tropical fruits

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 5.96 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 7.62 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 5.31 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 6.28 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 5.78 pounds

  • #32. Legumes, dried
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    #32. Legumes, dried

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 5.98 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 3.71 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 6.88 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 6.54 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 5.66 pounds

  • #31. Peppers
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    #31. Peppers

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 6.71 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 2.84 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 8.25 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 5.54 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 7.47 pounds

  • #30. Other citrus fruits
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    #30. Other citrus fruits

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 6.79 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 3.55 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 8.09 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 5.28 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 7.7 pounds

  • #29. Stone fruits
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    #29. Stone fruits

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 7.25 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 4.72 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 8.26 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 6.06 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 8.03 pounds

  • #28. Sweet corn
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    #28. Sweet corn

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 7.27 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 5.79 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 7.86 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 6.83 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 7.6 pounds

  • #27. Onions
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    #27. Onions

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 7.94 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 4.4 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 9.36 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 7.13 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 8.5 pounds

  • #26. Grapes
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    #26. Grapes

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 8.33 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 9.94 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 7.67 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 7.66 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 8.76 pounds

  • #25. Turkey
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    #25. Turkey

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 8.61 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 6.43 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 9.48 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 7.34 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 9.39 pounds

  • #24. Dairy, other
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    #24. Dairy, other

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 9.08 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 6.23 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 10.22 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 7.15 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 10.29 pounds

  • #23. Finfish and shellfish
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    #23. Finfish and shellfish

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 9.57 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 4.09 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 11.76 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 8.25 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 10.4 pounds

  • #22. Bananas
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    #22. Bananas

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 10.83 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 7.72 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 12.09 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 10 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 11.31 pounds

  • #21. Rice, dried
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    #21. Rice, dried

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 11.39 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 9.49 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 12.15 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 12.38 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 10.8 pounds

  • #20. Corn flour
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    #20. Corn flour

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 12.71 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 14.42 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 12.01 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 14.65 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 11.57 pounds

  • #19. Shortening
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    #19. Shortening

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 13.68 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 12.38 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 14.19 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 12.69 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 14.27 pounds

  • #18. Apples
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    #18. Apples

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 13.95 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 15.74 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 13.23 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 12.24 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 15.03 pounds

  • #17. Apple juice
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    #17. Apple juice

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 14.4 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 27.64 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 9.12 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 16.67 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 12.86 pounds

  • #16. Lettuce
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    #16. Lettuce

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 15.13 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 7.27 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 18.28 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 10.67 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 17.95 pounds

  • #15. Fluid milk, 1% fat
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    #15. Fluid milk, 1% fat

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 15.33 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 19.09 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 13.83 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 11.17 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 18.02 pounds

  • #14. Eggs
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    #14. Eggs

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 19.37 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 13.96 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 21.54 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 19.07 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 19.68 pounds

  • #13. Fluid milk, skim
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    #13. Fluid milk, skim

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 20.14 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 16.56 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 21.58 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 13.87 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 24.1 pounds

  • #12. Cheese
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    #12. Cheese

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 20.18 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 18.78 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 20.73 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 17.44 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 21.87 pounds

  • #11. Salad and cooking oils
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    #11. Salad and cooking oils

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 25.86 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 23.23 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 26.91 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 23.7 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 27.25 pounds

  • #10. Tomatoes
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    #10. Tomatoes

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 31.24 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 26.27 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 33.24 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 28.86 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 32.74 pounds

  • #9. Pork
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    #9. Pork

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 32.24 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 22.29 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 36.22 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 30.83 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 33.27 pounds

  • #8. Orange juice
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    #8. Orange juice

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 36.92 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 39.13 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 36.01 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 36.07 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 37.52 pounds

  • #7. Fluid milk, whole
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    #7. Fluid milk, whole

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 43.31 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 68.26 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 33.27 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 55.24 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 36.15 pounds

  • #6. Fluid milk, 2% fat
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    #6. Fluid milk, 2% fat

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 43.48 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 64.83 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 34.93 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 41.3 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 45 pounds

  • #5. Chicken
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    #5. Chicken

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 45.81 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 37.44 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 49.18 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 43.75 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 47.04 pounds

  • #4. Beef
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    #4. Beef

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 48.16 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 38.36 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 52.08 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 47.21 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 48.94 pounds

  • #3. Potatoes
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    #3. Potatoes

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 57.7 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 52.78 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 59.65 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 55.53 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 59.1 pounds

  • #2. Caloric sweeteners
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    #2. Caloric sweeteners

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 84.23 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 86.3 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 83.36 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 84.51 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 83.95 pounds

  • #1. Wheat flour
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    #1. Wheat flour

    Average total U.S. consumption per capita: 98.03 pounds
    Average child consumption per capita: 93.52 pounds
    Average adult consumption per capita: 99.83 pounds
    Average low-income consumption per capita: 89.18 pounds
    Average high-income consumption per capita: 103.55 pounds

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