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In a Single Day, Most of Us Eat WHAT?
In a single day, Americans typically eat and drink 14 different kinds of foods and beverages, including sandwiches, fruits, vegetables, carbonated soft drinks, milk, coffee, potatoes, salty snacks, juices and ready-to-eat cereal. Food Technology magazine compiled research done by a dozen organizations and universities to profile our eating habits and mealtime food choices.

Eat a snack. Lose weight? If you eat THIS snack, it's quite possible.

Fun facts to know and tell about what we eat, where we eat and how we eat:

  • The largest-grossing restaurant chains in America are (in order) McDonald's, Subway, Starbucks, Wendy's, Burger King, Taco Bell, Dunkin' Donuts, Pizza Hut, KFC and Chik-fil-A.

  • 45 percent of millennials and 24 percent of baby boomers have adopted a special diet, such as gluten-free or vegan.

  • One-third of all millennials prefer international cuisine, while 56 percent in this age group want something healthy for their next snack.

  • Snacking now accounts for just over half of all eating occasions. Twenty percent eat one snack per day, 41 percent have two, 24 percent have three, 13 percent have four and 4 percent have five or more.

  • Consumers most enjoy savory flavors, including spicy, smoky and tangy; however, sour and bitter flavors are also gaining in popularity.

  • For the first time, a majority of consumers say they prefer hot or spicy sauces, dips and condiments and bolder flavors. Chili sauce, cayenne, Sriracha, habanero peppers and ancho peppers are delivering the "new" heat.

  • Specialty cheeses account for more than two-thirds of deli cheese sales. Gouda, brie, bleu and goat cheese are increasingly strong sellers, as are Mediterranean and Hispanic cheeses.

  • More than half of U.S. adults buy specialty chocolates, oils and cheeses.

  • The percentage of all meals eaten and prepared in the home is 73 percent, up from 70 percent in 2008.

  • Half of adults have bought prepared foods at a convenience store in the past year. Hot dogs, followed by deli sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches, pizza and other breakfast foods were the most popular items.

  • About one-third of adults eat breakfast every day.

Just because it's labeled sugar-free, fat-free or whole-wheat doesn't mean it's good for you. Find out five "healthy" foods that aren't healthy at all!

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