What we eat in a year, in one (very colorful) chart

at 12:04 PM ET, 09/09/2011

From the very talented folks at Visual Economics comes a graphic of what the average American eats in a year. All told, that includes 1,922 pounds of food. One-third comes from fruits and vegetables, which is still a lower amount than what federal guidelines suggest (USDA recommends they make up half of the American diet). The rest of the chart is not exactly a pretty picture: we’re eating, for example, 24 pounds of ice cream per year and drinking about a gallon of soda each week. Full graphic after the jump and in full size here.

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