Firstly, I want to tell you everybody, I can eat pizza at any hour – breakfast, lunch and dinner – from many restaurants: Marco’s Pizza, Little Caesars Pizza, Hungry Howie’s, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, Domino’s, and also many times I eat pizza snacks (from iHerb, Piping Rock, Puritan’s Pride or Swanson).
Pizza is officially America’s national food, it’s not burgers, statistically speaking. That’s not because 1 in 8 persons in the U.S. over the age of 2 will eat pizza on every single day. It’s because, unlike other foods, the chance an American will eat a pizza doesn’t vary much across gender or race.
How many slices a day do Americans eat?
So we took a look at data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The most recent pizza study from 2014 reveals that 21% of white Americans aged between 2-19 will eat pizza on every single day; for black and Hispanic Americans, that percent is practically identical, at 20%. Men eat more pizza than women, but not significantly: 15% of men and 11% of women.
The only aspect which seems to influence pizza eating is age. Americans aged 6 to 19 are 4 times susceptible to be found eating pizza than persons over 60. The USDA also requests people to provide the comprehensive food records to find out what they are eating when. Pizza for dinner is unusual (only 7%), most persons eat pizza as a snack (59%) or as lunch (28%), and 2% of them eats pizza as breakfast.
Many other food groups look very diverse in the numbers. Drink soda, for example: Americans consume more cola than juice, but that differs considerably by race and income. Black and Mexican adults take 60% more calories from sugary drinks than white Americans.
There isn’t a lot of historical information about pizza consumption. So we looked for signs elsewhere. The USDA has data going back to 1909 revealing how much of which cheeses have been consumed. Generally, total cheese consumption has increased significantly, but one stands out: consumption of mozzarella (from pizza) was 7 times higher in 1994 than it was in 1970.
UPDATE: If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, which would it be?
Odds are, you’ll probably agree!
A new study answered at this thought-inciting question to Americans across the nation. More than 2,000 US adult persons responded, and the results were clarifying.
In a more and more polarized nation, where ideological variances result in shouting matches and pointed fingers, it’s encouraging to know that Americans can agree on what truly matters: pizza.
Yes, the only one food that Americans would want to eat for the whole their life is pizza, which 21% of study participants picked as their answer. It beat out steak (16 percent), tacos (11%), pasta (11%), and even the indubitably American hamburger (13%).
This means the third year in a row that pizza gets this glory through the California Pizza Kitchen’s Survey. It’s not subjective, we guarantee! The results also revealed that pizza was the participants’ preferred cheat day food, and practically half feels not as much guilty about eating pizza if it contains vegetables, either as a topping or a veggie-based crust. Almost all millennials surveyed said they would give up something for a full year in order to have free pizza anytime; 43% would give up rosé wine, and 36% would give up avocados.
And as pizza made its way into the hearts of Americans, Americans made pizza a unexpectedly important part of their own matters of the heart. Of the persons who dated online, 3 in 5 said they would swipe right or match with someone who speaks about pizza in a dating profile. But the follow-through is just as important; 22% said if their date eats pizza with a knife and fork, they would not accept a second date.
Could pizza be the response to our divided nation? That remains to be seen. But now, everybody should raise a slice to the prospect of a better, cheesier tomorrow. Just don’t get us started on the thin crust vs. deep dish dispute.