What Are We Consuming In Pounds (And Dollars)? [Infographic]

The always knowledgeable Visual Economics has brought us yet another inspiring infographic to share with you.

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Their latest is titled, “What Are We Eating?” and breaks down what the average American consumes in a year by weight. For instance, the pie chart reveals that non-vegetarians each consume about 110 lbs of red meat per year.

While we thought it was interesting (and slightly terrifying) to see how the food we eat worked its way out in pounds, this only led us to consider how this food consumption affects our wallets, of course.

It’s no secret that dining out can cause you to consume far more than you normally would, including a ton of ingredients you don’t even know are in there. Salt is heavily loaded onto restaurant dishes, strongly contributing to the 47% more than recommended amount of sodium we consume. The average American between ages 25 and 34 spends an average of almost $3,000 per year eating out. Why not kill two birds with one stone? If eating at restaurants causes you to eat more and spend more, it couldn’t hurt to eat out just a little less often. Check out our guide to cooking up 10 meals, in less than 10 minutes, and for fewer than 10 dollars. Now, that’s a mouthful.

When it comes to the grocery store, we recommend perimeter shopping. What does this mean? When you pick up groceries, stick to the outer perimeter of the store to avoid passing by all of the processed food (the chart says that we consume about 24 lbs of artificial sweeteners and 53 gallons of soda each year). Avoiding the inner aisles can prevent you from purchasing a ton of the products that contribute to the 1996.3 lbs of food consumption per year.

So, before we head out for a few french fries during our break (contributing 29 lbs to our total intake?!), we might consider how much they weigh on our budget, too.

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