Food consumption patterns provide an interesting picture of changing tastes and eating habits. The US Department of Agriculture has been tracking food availability since 1909. A wealth of information from these records are now available online. Between 1970 and 2008 cheese consumption grew from 11.4 per person per year to 31.4 pounds–just over a threefold increase! Milk consumption has significantly diminished, while sodas seem to be replacing milk.
PositiveTip: It is not always healthy to follow national trends. Try setting a new trend by consuming significantly more fruits and vegetables in your diet!