Per Capita Consumption of Selected Food, 1980 and 2006 (in Pounds or Gallons)
|Red meat, total||126.4||109.9|
|Lamb and mutton||1.0||0.8|
|Fish and shellfish||12.4||16.5|
|Egg in Shell||236||177|
|Dairy products, total||543.1||606.3|
|Yogurt (excl. frozen)||4.6 (1/2 pints)||20.4 (1/2 pints)|
|Fluid cream products||10.5 (1/2 pints)||24.1 (1/2 pints)|
|Total, fat content only||56.9||84.5|
|Salad and cooking oils||21.2||44.5|
|Flour and cereal products||144.9||192.8|
|Caloric sweeteners, total||120.2||138.9|
|Sugar, refined cane and beet||83.6||62.3|
|High-fructose corn syrup||19.0||58.2|
Eating habits have obviously changed over the last twenty five years. What sticks out for me?
13% less red meat, 12% less pork and twice as much poultry.
Fewer eggs. Twice as much cheese. 50% more fat, mostly from shortening and cooking oils.
25% less cane sugar but 200% more high-fructose corn syrup.