6 charts that show how much more Americans eat than they used to

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The most shocking increase, however, comes from vegetable oil – consumption skyrocketed from 276 daily calories in 1961 to 689 today.

The most shocking increase, however, comes from vegetable oil – consumption skyrocketed from 276 daily calories in 1961 to 689 today.
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Grains including barley, wheat, rice, rye, maize, and cereal account for more than 20% of daily caloric intake.

Grains including barley, wheat, rice, rye, maize, and cereal account for more than 20% of daily caloric intake.
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Caloric intake from alcohol peaked in the 1980 at 185 calories per day, but still remains 50 calories higher now than it was in 1961.

Caloric intake from alcohol peaked in the 1980 at 185 calories per day, but still remains 50 calories higher now than it was in 1961.
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Daily calories from sugar and artificial sweeteners has also risen by almost 100.

Daily calories from sugar and artificial sweeteners has also risen by almost 100.
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Daily meat intake has risen by almost 100 calories per day per person.

Daily meat intake has risen by almost 100 calories per day per person.
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Americans are consuming far more calories each day than is recommended (daily intake should be around 2,000 calories for women and 2,500 for men).

Americans are consuming far more calories each day than is recommended (daily intake should be around 2,000 calories for women and 2,500 for men).
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