How many pounds of french fries do Americans eat each year?

by | Jun 24, 2010 03:49 PM ET

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How many pounds of french fries do Americans eat each year? --- Joshua, Santa Maria, Calif.

Marshall Brain Answers:

People in North American eat something like 29 pounds of french fries per year. For example, this article pegs Canadian consumption at 13 kg (28.6 pounds). U.S. consumption is almost identical.

But consumption is falling. That's because something like 90% of french fries get sold in fast food places. Restaurant eating in general is down because of the economy. Burger sales are declining a bit because of sandwich places like Subway, and Subway doesn't serve fries. People in general are trying to be healthier. French fries have an image problem in that arena.

Here is how french fries are made:

If you would like to try making your own perfect fries, try these articles:

- The Burger Lab: How to Make Perfect Thin and Crisp French Fries

- How to make perfect french fries

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