Last week’s quiz in this Dairy Month of June pointed out that the average American consumes 19.7 pounds of ice cream in a year, which is roughly equal to four gallons.
Despite the fact that consumption of some dairy products, such as cheese and yogurt, has increased over the past 50 years, fluid milk consumption has steadily declined since 1970.
The typical American consumes slightly less than two cups of total dairy each day, which is less than the USDA-recommended two to three cups.
Thinking in terms of pounds, how many pounds of dairy products of all types, including fluid milk, butter and cheese, does the typical American consume in the average year? (A gallon of fluid milk averages about 8.6 pounds.)
Answer: B. The typical American consumed 276 pounds of dairy a year in 2012, including nearly 199 pounds of fluid milk a year.