Americans Eat More Shrimp than Any Other Seafood

Over half of the seafood consumed in the U.S. is one of only three varieties: shrimp, salmon and canned tuna. And of the roughly 15 pounds of seafood and shellfish eaten by Americans, the tiny crustaceans take the top spot with close to four pounds of shrimp making their way into the average American’s diet each year—compared to just over two pounds each for all varieties of salmon and canned tuna.

Seem like a lot? Not to most shellfish connoisseurs, but the answer, like most answers to perception-based questions, depends on just that—one’s own perception of what a lot is. For comparison sake, and maybe just in case you end up on a game show some day and might need to know, in 2015 the average American ate 1,996.3 pounds of food of which over 600 was dairy, 480 vegetables, 175 flour and cereal products, 250 fruits, 104.8 red meat, 106 poultry, 29 French fries and, “statistics show that Americans eat twice as much cheese and an almost equal amount of apples, watermelon and turkey as they do fish and shellfish annually.”

So … is eating four pounds of shrimp a year a lot? Read the entire article on the Edible Indy website …

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