24 March 2013

Hungry Planet - United States

A family from the United States, the Revis, living in Raleigh, North Carolina, and their one week worth of food (from the book Hungry Planet by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio).

Their PICTURE is here.

They eat a very high sugar diet and, according to the book, the parents struggle with weight problems. I wish I could help them!

The food proportions are as follow (7.5 kg per person. per week):

  • 25% starches (bread, rice, pasta, potato, potato chips, etc.) all white stuff!
  •   9% sweet foods (sugar, tarts, snickers, etc.)
  •   3% dairy (cheese and butter)
  • 24% meat, fish, eggs
  • 11% fruits
  • 28% vegetables

Beverages (10.3 litres per person, per week)
  •   8% milk
  • 92% juices, sodas, Gatorade, etc.

If I add the sugar contained in the drink section (approx. 700g of sugar per person, per week) to the food section, then we get a diet of 20% sugary food (sugar and sweet foods combined). This is really alarming.


  1. Oh Lord... look at that food!!! All processed, in packages. 40% sugary foods? And the New Zealand Diabetic Association says on their website that there is no link between sugar intake and diabetes. Really?

    Very interesting seeing all of these.

    1. Sorry, Lynda. I made a mistake. It's approx. 20% of sugary food of their total food intake (with the sugar from their drinks).