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.