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How Americans Spend Their Food Budgets

The USDA’s economic research group issued a breakdown of how Americans' food budgets would look if they were in accordance with their dietary guidelines. That chart is shown above at left. Naturally, though, Americans spent their food bucks in a different way. 

Half of our budget was spent on meats or “other foods” (a category including junk food, sodas, candy and energy drinks). A mere 20% was spent on fruits and veggies.

What you might find surprising is the breakdown of food spending by income levels. See that information and more here.


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Sure, we eat more meat than we should, but meat also costs a lot more than it should. And the price of eggs has soared lately. We eat as many eggs as ever, but pay twice as much. Unfortunately, I've had to cut way back on meat.
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