sometimes you have to see it to believe it

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.




4 thoughts on “sometimes you have to see it to believe it

  1. I find the increase in grain and added fat scary. People seem to be eating more empty calories, but are getting less nutrients. We are eating more, yet we are starving ourselves to death.
    I think that processed food is responsible for the increase in grains and added fat. And low-fat food isn’t that great either; scrutinise the label and you’ll see that ‘low-fat’ usually means ‘more sugar’ and vice versa. And don’t let me get started on the additives and preservatives. I am trying to rely less on processed and convenience foods, but it has been quite a learning curve. The key words are quick, easy & healthy! Now I really wish I took Home Ec at high school instead of Commerce & Accounting. :P

    • That’s exactly what it is – too much processed “food” that isn’t really food. One of these days I’ll have to take a picture of my grocery cart. Nary a processed foodstuff in sight (except for the occasional wheat thin and triscuit. Love love love my crackers).

  2. considering what they probably called grains is processed grains (white bread, white pasta, not whole grain stuff); that’s kinda scary.

    • Very true. What really scares me is the added fat as the biggest source of calories. I would have thought meat and/or dairy (cheese) would take that category, but if it’s just fat packed into processed foods – YUCK!

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