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November 15, 2017 | 1 minute read

Apples and Oranges, What Americans are Eating and Drinking

Every day in 2015, the average American consumed approximately one-third of a pound of fruit  — the weight of an apple – including all fresh, canned, frozen, and juices, according to data from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS).

The average of 115 pounds of all fruits consumed in 2015 was down from a high of 137 pounds in 1999.

Fruits, along with vegetables and other plant foods, are packed with nutrients, fiber, and phytochemicals studied for their role in cancer prevention.

Apples and oranges were Americans top fruit choices, when taking into account all fresh, frozen, canned, dried, and juice. Yet almost all the oranges consumed was in the form of juice. For fresh fruit only, apples and bananas were the two most purchased.

The ERS data takes per capita supplies of food available for human consumption and adjusts for some of the spoilage, plate waste, and other losses in eating places, grocery stores, and the home to more closely approximate consumption.

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Source: US per capital loss-adjusted fruit availability. USDA ERS. Last updated: October 23, 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6426a1.htm

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