Mental Floss

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel
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In case you're not familiar with the Turnip, it's a whimsical Google search, wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting pages "turn-up." As always with this feature, the _floss is not responsible for accuracy. If you know one of the below statements/links to be untrue, by all means, let the world know in the comments below.

Today I typed "Americans consume approximately" into Google, unearthing the following:

Turnip #1 Americans consume approximately one-third of the world's available resources yet comprise about 5% of the world population.

Turnip #2 Whether it's dine-in, pick-up or delivery, one common denominator exists in pizza: fat.No matter how you slice it, Americans consume approximately 100 acres of pizza each day. And, nutritionists estimate that the average fat content in pizza hovers somewhere near 5%

Turnip #3 The American Heart Association says that Americans consume approximately 22 teaspoons of sugar each day.

Turnip #4 Americans consume approximately 70 million pounds of "Tots" [tater tots] per year.

Turnip #5 the FDA recommends that all Americans consume approximately 25 grams of soy protein per day.

Turnip #6 Americans consume approximately 20% of their calories from refined sugars and sweeteners, 30% from refined grains, and often, 40% as fat.

Turnip #7 Americans consume approximately 1 billion pounds of avocado annually. [okay: who just put their little finger to their lips?]

Turnip #8 Americans consume approximately 11 ounces of meat per day, which calculates to approximately 250 pounds of beef annually, more than any other country in the world. The Japanese only eat 2 ounces of meat daily or approximately 46 pounds of beef annually.

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