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Using this database
of food consumption data the blog Canibais e Reis
kindly put together, I calculated all values for which the US was at least 2 standard deviations from the world average.
Here are the outliers in standard deviations from the world mean:
|Poultry.Meat..kcal.day…2003 ||2.5 |
|Soybean.Oil..kcal.day…2003 ||4.5 |
|Sugar…Sweeteners..kcal.day…2003 ||2.1 |
|Sugar..Raw.Equivalent..kcal.day…2003 ||2.1 |
|Vegetable.Oils..kcal.day…2003 ||2.1 |
In case you were wondering, the only weird dietary habit in Mexico is (ahem) a high consumption of beans
, 3 standard deviations above the world average. Since I suspected maize was also an outlier but it wasn’t included in the database, I downloaded the 2005 data from the FAO
website and indeed, Mexico is also an outlier in maize consumption. I bet if soft drink consumption were tracked, Mexico would also be an outlier.