In honor of the blog party What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW), I’ve been thinking about the one food question to rule them all. Are we really what we eat? If so, then most people in America are either a juicy pizza pie, a huge bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream or a 3,000 pound salt shaker waddling through life. And alarmingly, Americans eat 29 pounds of a common accompaniment to the fast food combo meal.
Yes, french fries. At least according this chart compiled by Visual Economics, a company that turns numbers into graphics. The sources include the FDA and the USDA, so I’m willing to accept they are at least in the neck of the woods of truth.
It’s worth pointing out that this chart is simply a display of averages – one person may never eat french fries, while another American might eat 40 pounds every year. And to me that is the clincher. No wonder obesity and diabetes rates are the highest they’ve ever been. So here’s to brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes and kale on Wednesday, or any other day. And ice cream, too. Just not half a pound a week.
To fully participate in the spirit of WIAW, I will share my staff meal lunch from the St. Andrew’s Café, the Culinary Institute restaurant where I am currently working as a student server.
Yes, I do love the work of fine dining front of house staff. Daily wine tastings (no spitting required) and meals like roasted duck with wild rice, cipollini onions and salsify. It might not be kale or brussels sprouts, but it’s a far cry from french fries.