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Let's See How Much You Know About American Food Habits

Wait, we eat how many pounds of cheese per year?

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  1. 1. Which do Americans eat more of per year, cheese, or grain products (breads, pastries, baked goods, etc.)?

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    Cheese
    Grains
    They're about the same
  2. 2. On average, how much do Americans spend each week on food?

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    $101
    $151
    $201
    $251
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    According to a 2012 Gallup poll, Americans spend an average of $151 per week on food.

  3. 3. In 1970, about 26% of the money Americans spent on food was for food away from home (in restaurants, on delivery, takeout, etc.). In 2012, what was that percentage?

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    30%
    43%
    51%
    62%
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    By 2012, Americans were spending 43.1% of their food money on food away from home.

  4. 4. What fraction of Americans drink a sugar-sweetened beverage (regular soda, fruit drinks, sweet tea, sports, energy drinks) at least once a day?

    1/4
    1/3
    1/2
    2/3
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    A 2013 survey of adults in the US found that 30.1% of respondents reported drinking a sugar-sweetened drink at least once per day.

  5. 5. In 2015, what percentage of Americans said they try to avoid grains (bread, cereal, pasta, rice)?

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    4%
    14%
    24%
    34%
    44%
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    In a 2015 Gallup poll, 14% of respondents said they try to avoid grains.

  6. 6. On average __% of Americans report eating fast food a few times a year, __% of Americans report eating fast food once a week, and __% report eating fast food every day.

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    15%, 28%, 3%
    3%, 28%, 15%
    28%, 15%, 3%
    3%, 15%, 28%
  7. 7. In 2015, what did researchers determine makes up about a fifth of American adults' sodium intake?

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    Chips (potato, tortilla, all varieties)
    Condiments (sauces, dressings, all varieties)
    Sandwiches
    Frozen meals (pizza, burritos, etc.)
    Fast food
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    A 2015 study found that sandwich consumption is a major contributor to overall sodium intake, adding an average of 902mg of sodium to men's daily diet and 489mg to women's daily diets.

  8. 8. On any given day how many Americans eat pizza?

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    1 in 12
    1 in 10
    1 in 8
    1 in 6
    1 in 4
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    A three-year study found that on any given day about one in eight Americans eats pizza.

  9. 9. True or false: Caloric sweeteners (sugar and other sweet additives in processed foods) contribute more calories than fruits and vegetables to the average American's daily diet.

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    True
    False
    Trick question! They contribute more or less the same amount of calories.
  10. 10. How much coffee does the average American drink every day?

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    1.3 cups
    2.2 cups
    2.7 cups
    3.2 cups
    3.6 cups
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    According a 2015 Gallup poll, the average American coffee drinker drinks 2.7 cups per day.

  11. 11. Which do Americans eat more of?

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    Chicken
    Beef
    Neither; consumption rates are basically the same for both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    In 2014 chicken became Americans' most consumed meat. The average American ate 47.9 pounds of chicken and 39.4 pounds of beef in 2014.

  12. 12. On an average day in 2014 what was the primary activity men and women each did while eating?

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    For men: working, for women: watching TV
    For men: watching sports on TV, for women: doing laundry
    For men: socializing, for women: socializing
    For men: commuting, for women: doing housework
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Using data from the 2014 Economic Research Service's Eating & Health Module of the American Time Use Survey, a 2016 report by the United States Department of Agriculture looked at what Americans did while eating (when eating was not their primary activity). It found that on an average day, men's primary activity while eating was doing paid work while women's was watching television.

  13. 13. According to a 2016 report on customer satisfaction what were the three lowest ranked full service chain restaurants?

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    Olive Garden, Red Robin, Applebee's
    T.G.I.Fridays, Ruby Tuesday, Fuddruckers
    Denny's, Chili's, Outback Steakhouse
    Cracker Barrel, Longhorn Steakhouse, Denny's
    Red Lobster, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cheesecake Factory
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The American Customer Satisfaction Index survey of almost 5,000 diners found that for customer satisfaction, Denny's, Chili's, Outback Steakhouse were the three lowest ranked.

  14. 14. According to the same report on customer satisfaction of fast foods restaurants, _______ ranked highest and _______ ranked lowest.

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    Chick-fil-A, McDonald's
    McDonald's, Chipotle
    Starbucks, Taco Bell
    Wendy's, Subway
    Dunkin' Donuts, Domino's
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The American Customer Satisfaction Index survey of almost 5,000 diners found that for customer satisfaction, Chick-fil-A was ranked highest and McDonald's was ranked lowest.

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  1. Which American eating habit do you most relate to?

    That one about all those pounds of cheese
    Commitment to sandwich intake
    Admirable rate of pizza consumption
    Alcoholic beverages as a significant percentage of snack calories
    Americans' love of grain-based foods
    Spending food money on food away from home
    Something not listed that I'll tell you about in the comments

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Which American eating habit do you most relate to?
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    That one about all those pounds of cheese
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    Commitment to sandwich intake
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    Admirable rate of pizza consumption
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    Alcoholic beverages as a significant percentage of snack calories
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    Americans' love of grain-based foods
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    Spending food money on food away from home
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    Something not listed that I'll tell you about in the comments

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