Americans eat more chicken and less meat than they used to. They drink less milk, especially whole milk, and eat less ice cream, but consume much more cheese. Their diets include less sugar than in previous decades, but far more sweeteners derived from corn. And while the average American eats the equivalent of 1.2 gallons of yogurt a year, they also consume 36 pounds of cooking oil, more than three times more than in the early 1970s.
In short, Americans' eating habits are everywhere, at least according to our U.S. analysis. Department of State, which is more or less what you would expect, judging by the results of the recent Pew Research Center survey on dietary and nutritional attitudes. In that survey, 54% of Americans said that Americans pay more attention to eating healthy foods today compared to 20 years ago; the same percentage that said that Americans' real eating habits are less healthy today than they were 20 years ago.
And while 73% of Americans said they were very or fairly focused on eating healthy and nutritious, 58% said that most days they should probably eat more healthily. So how do Americans actually eat, and how has that changed over time? We analyzed data from the USDA's Food Availability Data System (per capita), or FADS, to find out. Specifically, we use food availability adjusted to account for waste, spoilage and other losses as an indicator of consumption. Americans consume 29% more grains, mainly in the form of breads, pastries and other baked goods, than in 1970, the equivalent of 122.1 pounds a year.
But in reality that figure is lower than in 2000, the year of the “cereal peak”, when annual per capita consumption was 137.6 pounds. While corn products are a slightly larger part of the average American diet (14 pounds per person per year, compared to 4.9 pounds in 1970), wheat remains the country's staple grain. Recent data released on Saturday mornings About the Pew Research Center The Pew Research Center is a non-partisan data bank that informs the public about the problems, attitudes, and trends that shape the world. It conducts public opinion surveys, demographic research, media content analysis, and other empirical research in the social sciences.
The Pew Research Center does not take political positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts. At the same time, another IFIC survey conducted in May revealed substantial erosion in our risk-reduction practices during and after grocery shopping, compared to April, in areas such as washing your hands after going to the supermarket, minimizing contact with surfaces, and using wipes and hand sanitizer. The biggest change was that 60% of consumers reported that they cooked more at home.
One in three said they eat more sandwiches and a quarter said they think about food more than usual. About 20% reported that they ate healthier than usual, ate more than usual, and ate more prepared meals from their pantry or freezer. The pandemic was also reflected in changes in the way Americans view food safety, and the handling and preparation of food related to the risk of coronavirus topped the list of concerns. WASHINGTON If the COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the way you eat, buy food and think about food, you're far from alone.
Where Americans buy and consume their food has a major influence on their concern for food safety. For example, half of US consumers say they freeze food to prevent it from being wasted, but less than a quarter of the same consumers would go the extra mile to avoid using plastic wrappers and sandwich bags (graphic). Where food is purchased influenced respondents' concerns about safety, and nearly half expressed concern about food prepared away from home. The mission of the International Food Information Council, a 501 (c) non-profit organization, is to effectively communicate science-based information on health, food safety and nutrition for the public good.