How much do you know about the food we eat? Just for fun, check out this food trivia. Some of these statistics and facts can help explain a lot about our current state of health in America.
Fun Food Facts:
The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for blood plasma.
Peanuts are one of the ingredients in dynamite.
The pits of peaches and apricots contain cyanide.
Every day, one million Krispy Kreme donuts are sold in the United States.
We eat 200 pounds of meat per person per year.
Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries.
Peanut butter is found in 75 percent of American homes, and we eat three pounds each every year.
There is more real lemon juice in Lemon Pledge than in Country Time Lemonade mix.
Strawberries have more vitamin C than oranges.
It takes twelve ears of corn to make one tablespoon of corn oil.
Every second, 100 pounds of chocolate is eaten in the United States.
A fully ripe cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.
Falling coconuts kill more people worldwide each year than shark attacks.
Avocados are poisonous to birds.
Only 43 percent of homemade dinners include a vegetable.
Spinach consumption rose 33 percent after the Popeye comic strip was introduced in 1931.
Eating about 20 tart cherries a day could reduce inflammatory pain and headache pain.
Fast Food Stats:
The average family eats five meals outside of the home each week.
79 percent of Americans have purchased fast food in the past month.
In 1972, we spent $3 billion a year on fast food; today we spend more than $110 billion.
McDonald’s has 54 million customers every day. That’s one-fifth of the U.S. population.
You’d have to walk seven hours continuously to burn off a supersized Coke, fries and Big Mac.
50 percent of the pizzas ordered are pepperoni.
The number one snack is potato chips; we eat 1.2 billion pounds of them a year.
Plan on walking the length of a football field to burn the calories in one plain M&M.
There are approximately 180 seeds on the bun of a Big Mac.
Fast food restaurants use yellow, red and orange because those colors stimulate hunger.
Before most children can speak, they can recognize McDonald's.
McDonald's is the largest purchaser of beef, pork and potatoes and the second largest purchaser of chicken in the world. Its annual orders for French fries constitute 7.5 percent of America’s entire potato crop.
Page 2 of 2 - About 1/2 of the calories in the average fast-food meal come from fat.
Each man, woman and child in America eats an average of 46 slices of pizza a year.
Down On the Farm:
Our food travels about 2,000 miles on average before we buy it.
A quarter of the world’s beef and one-fifth of the world’s grain, milk and eggs are produced in the United States.
It takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup.
Honey bees need the nectar of 2 million flowers to produce 1 pound of honey.
We waste 40 percent of the food that we produce.
One acre of land in the United States can produce 42,000 pounds of strawberries.
There are more prisoners in America than farmers.
The average dairy cow produces seven gallons of milk a day.
One acre of soybeans can produce 82,368 crayons.
A family of four could live for 10 years off the bread produced by one acre of wheat.
Anita Marlay, R.D., L.D., is a dietitian in the cardiac rehab department at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, Mo.