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Shocking Fast Food Statistics You Should Know

How many of us eat fast food weekly? How much do we spend and how many fast food restaurants are in America alone?

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Grabbing lunch or dinner at a fast food restaurant can save you time and money, which is always a plus if you don't have a lot of either to spare. Americans' love of quick, inexpensive meals has lead to the U.S. being dubbed the "fast food nation." The popularity of fast food seems to grow with each passing year, not just here at home but around the world.

To understand just how big the industry is, CreditDonkey spent some time researching fast food consumption in the U.S. Using data collected from multiple sources, we were able to gather some statistics on the industry that were eye-opening to say the least. Whether you're a die-hard fan or you only try it occasionally, here are 23 facts that everyone who eats fast food should know.

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Fast food restaurants are just about everywhere these days, and it's hard to go very far without running into at least one of them. If you're wondering just how large the industry is, take a look at some of the data we found on the number of fast food restaurants and how much money they're bringing in.

Here are eleven shocking statistics you should know before pulling through that drive-thru:

  • Fast food restaurants in America serve 50 million customers per day.
  • In 2015, Trans fats, which found in most commercial baked goods and fried foods, were offically deemed by the FDAmed by the FDA to cause high cholesterol– the leading cause of heare disease in the U.S.
  • According to the American Beverage Association, American consumers on average drink more than 54 gallons of carbonated soft drinks each year, making carbonated soft drinks the most popular beverage in the U.S., almost three times more popular than bottled water, milk or coffee.
  • McDonald’s sells an average of 75 hamburgers every second.
  • 44 percent of people report eating out at least once a week.
  • On any given day, 34 percent of children between ages 2 and 19 consume fast food.
  • McDonald’s has more locations (35,000) than the combined total of Burger King (14,000), Wendy’s (6,500), Taco Bell (6,200) and Arby’s (3,400) combined.
  • The average American spends an estimated $1,200 on fast food each year.
  • Children consume an estimated 12 percent of their calories from fast food.
  • 20 percent of all American meals are eaten in the car.
  • More than half of the money Ohio residents spend eating out goes to these restaurants.

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With these facts in mind, let’s look at a few ways you can cut back on your own consumption.

3 Ways to Break Your Fast Food Addiction

Slowly cut back: If cutting it out altogether feels like too big of a change, try cutting back on the number of times per month you eat it or reducing the size of your order when you do. Steer clear of options to upsize and embrace healthier options when they’re available. For instance, opt for grilled over fried chicken and pair your meal with a bottle of water instead of a fountain drink.

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Add it up: If your health isn’t as big of a motivator as you’d like it to be, check your bank account. Add up the amount of money you spend on eating out and make a commitment to bring that number down each month.

Pack food from home: If you’re going on a road trip, make sure you pack a bag of healthy snacks so you won’t be tempted to pull over for something greasy. Having healthy options ready and available can help you fight off those convenience cravings.

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Eating out less is good for your health, good for your waistline, good for your moods and good for your wallet. You’ll be glad you made the change.

[Tommy Nguyen]


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