67 American Diet Stats, Facts and Statistics

Eating Habits Statistics

  1. 2% of Americans follow Plant-based diets. (VRG)
  2. 31% of American People believe vegan diets are very healthy. (Statista)
  3. 39% of Americans are adding more vegan food in their diet. (Veg World Magazine)
  4. 20.1% of US adults consume seafood at least two times per week. (CDC)
  5. Dairy intake of all age groups except 1-3 years is below the recommended amount. (Dietary Guidelines)
  6. 62% of US Population consume snacks to satisfy the craving. (Mintel)
  7. 87% of Americans eat less than the recommended amounts of vegetables. (Dietary Guidelines)
  8. 75% of Americans consume less than the recommended amounts of fruits. (Dietary Guidelines)
  9. 72% of the US population consumes less than the recommended amount of oils. (Dietary Guidelines)
  10. 40% of total daily calories for 2 to 18 year-olds come from empty calories of sugar and solid fats. (CDC)
  1. The majority of Americans eat three meals per day with more than one snack. (Dietary Guidelines)
  2. 40 to 50% of most age groups consume two to three snacks a day. (Dietary Guidelines)
  3. 16% of total calories per day come from solid fats (consumed either as part of food or added to foods.) (Dietary Guidelines)
  4. 10% of Americans or One in Ten eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. (CDC)
  5. Americans consume nearly 30 lbs of cheese every year. (One Green Planet)
  6. An Average American eats 200 lbs of meat per year. (One Green Planet)
  7. Children eat a greater amount of healthy food who participate in the NSLP. (Meals Plus)
  8. 60% of the vegetables are eaten as a separate food item, 30% mixed, and 10% as a part of snack foods. (Dietary Guidelines)
  9. Only 2% of high school students are consuming recommended daily vegetable intake. (CDC)
  10. Only 12% of high school students are consuming recommended daily fruit intake. (CDC)

Fast Food Stats

  1. 70% of the American diet comes from processed foods. (Market Place)
  2. Out of Seven, one person eats fast food daily. That’s 50 million Americans. (Toast Tab)
  3. 150 lbs of sugar are consumed by the average American in a year. (Sharecare)
  1. Average American spends an estimated $1200 on fast food every year. (Credit Donkey)
  2. On any given day, 34% of children and adolescents consume fast food. (CDC)
  3. 24% of adults eat fast food three or more times per week. (Ohio State University)
  4. 48% of Men ate fast food during lunch compared to 39% of women. However, more women prefer fast food as a snack. (Restaurant Business Online)
  5. Since the last 15 years, there has been no change in the fast-food consumption rate. (NPR)
  6. Junk food covers the 40% average American diet. 
  7. Dinner is the most common time to have fast food for most Americans. 
  8. 31% of Americans consume more packed food than fresh food. (The New York Times)

Beverages Statistics

  1. On average, American consumers drink more than 38.5 gallons of carbonated soft drinks each year. (Beverage Daily)
  1. Juice is one-third part of total fruits intake in US populations. (Dietary Guidelines)
  2. Average American drinks 3.1 coffee drinks per day. (My Friends Coffee)
  1. 64% of Adult American adults drink coffee every day. (DisturbMeNot)
  2. 25.9 Gallons of beer and cider per person consumed by 21+ year US consumers.
  3. 63% of adult Americans drink alcohol. (USA Today
  4. 23% of Americans drink juice daily.
  5. 80-85% of the tea drunk in the US is black tea and the rest is green tea. (Food Navigator USA)
  6. 6 in 10 youth and 5 in 10 adults drank a sugar-sweetened beverage on a given day. (CDC)
  7. 47% of added sugars come from beverages like soft drinks, sweetened coffee, fruit drinks. (Dietary Guidelines)
  1. Only 19% of all adults limit alcohol intake to moderate drinking. (Dietary Guidelines)
  2. 5% of American adults consume energy drinks 5-7 times per month. (Brandon Gaille)
  3. 20% of total calorie intake comes from Beverages. (Dietary Guidelines)

Nutrition Stats

  1. 78% of Americans’ leading protein source is meat. (Statista)
  2. Americans of all age-sex groups consume fewer grains than the recommended amount and consume more refined gains than the recommended limit. (Dietary Guidelines)
  3. Average Protein food intake is close to recommendations. (Dietary Guidelines)
  4. 29% of people consume saturated fats within the recommended limit(10% of calories) (Dietary Guidelines)
  1. Around 90% of Americans eat more than the recommended amount of sodium. (Dietary Guidelines)
  2. 20% of refined grain intake comes from snacks and sweets and 30% from separate food items. (Dietary Guidelines)
  3. 60% of whole-grain intake comes from separate food items like cereals. (Dietary Guidelines)
  4. 37% of your daily calories can come from fast food meals. (Statistic Brain)


  1. Tomatoes and the Potatoes are the most commonly consumed vegetables.  (Dietary Guidelines)
  2. Christain Cross is less recognized than McDonald’s. (Marketing Week)
  3. Americans spend $200 Billion on fast food annually. (Statista)
  4. The Number of Fast food restaurants doubled since the 1970s. (OAC)
  1. More than 23 million Americans live in food deserts(an area which is a mile away from supermarkets). And 2.1 million people don’t own any vehicle. (Do Something)
  2. More than one-third of Americans are obese. (CBS News)
  3. 86 grams of sugar is present in large coca-cola. Daily Recommended sugar allowance 38 grams for men and 25 grams for women. (Fatsecret)
  4. 17% increase in American obesity rates between 2007 to 2017.
  5. $20 Billion could have been saved if Americans reduce the sodium intake by 1200mg per day. (CDC)
  6. During Shopping, 43% of Americans always look for healthy choices. (Statista)
  7. 1 in 7 children in the USA lives with hunger. (Meals Plus)
  8. 9% of Total US population still doesn’t have regular access to healthy Foods. (The Food Trust)
  9. Since 1970, adult obesity has doubled, tripled in children, and adolescent obesity — quadrupled. (CSPINET)
  10. 117 Million Adults suffer from chronic diseases due to poor diet and lack of physical activity. (CDC)

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