Fruit Consumption in North America

How many kilograms of fruit do people in North America eat every year?

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Map of the fruit consumption in North America.

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The WHO recommend adults to consume at least 400 grams of vegetables and fruits every day. The CDC recommends at least 1.5 cups of fruit per day. We already learnt that a daily intake of 240 grams of vegetables is recommended. Taking the recommendations of the WHO and CDC in mind, that would mean an estimated intake of 160 grams of fruit per day is recommended for adults. Per year this is 58.4 kg.

The biggest consumers of fruit per capita in North America is Dominica, where people consume an average of 396 kg of fruit per capita per year. The Dominican Republic comes in second, with 324 kg of fruit. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is third, with 151 kg.

The lowest fruit consumption can be found in Nicaragua (40 kg), Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago (53 kg).

Curious about the fruit consumption in other continents? Have a look at these other maps of Asia and Europe that I’ve made before.

But how exactly does the FAO define fruits? It probably matches mostly with what you would consider a fruit. Juices and fried fruits are also included. However, there is one interesting exception. Melons and watermelons are not considered a fruit by the FAO, but a vegetable. Yes, the FAO considers melons and watermelons to be vegetables. This is the FAO’s explanation: “Although melons and watermelons are generally considered to be fruits, FAO groups them with vegetables because they are temporary crops”. Want to see the full list? Have a look here.

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