How Many Pounds of Food Does the Average Adult Eat in a Day?

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Because the average American eats approximately 1996.3 pounds of food per year, the average amount of food that an adult can eat each day is 5.46 pounds. Dividing 1996.3 by 365 days gives this average amount of food consumption per day. The average American consumes 2,700 calories per day.

The food eaten by Americans on a yearly basis can include approximately 273.2 pounds of fruit, 73.6 pounds of poultry, 110 pounds of red meat and 415 pounds of vegetables. The American diet also includes a yearly consumption of 85.5 pounds of fats and oils. Other foods and beverages consumed include 53 gallons of soda, 23 pounds of pizza and 29 pounds of French fries.