The below infographic illustrates “calories available per day per capita” as a plate of different food groups that grow or shrink depending on how many calories were produced that year. What does the data show? Between 1970 and 1980, calorie intake is relatively stable, rising only 1.2 percent. Between 1980 and 1990 consumption jumped 9.6 percent. Then, from 1990 to 2008, the last year with data available, the number of calories rises another 11.4 percent for a grand a total of 2,673 calories available per person–23.3 percent more than consumed in 1970.
From Civil Eats, go there to see the interactive graph of the amount and proportions of what we americans have eaten from 1970 to 2008.
A medium apple has roughly 90 calories. A small banana has the same. We eat less than a medium apple or a small banana each day.