Surprise: USDA Says Americans Eat Lots of Pizza

USDA study says that one in eight Americans are eating pizza on any given day, and young males are the most likely consumer

We don’t know anyone who dislikes pizza.

We have some very important news: it seems that the USDA has confirmed that Americans eat a lot of pizza. According to a study released this year on American pizza-consuming habits (because that was obviously a very important study to be undertaken), on any given day, 13 percent of Americans — that’s one in eight — consume a piping-hot pizza pie. Pizza, in this instance, is defined by the USDA as “a bread product topped with sauce, cheese and other toppings.”

It also seems that the most frequent pizza eaters are males between the ages of 6 and 19; every day more than one in four boys in this age bracket savors some ‘za. Overall, white Americans are more likely to be eating pizza, than their black or Hispanic counterparts. Plus, if you’re an adult you’re more likely to consume pizza for dinner, while kids prefer pizza for lunch.

Whichever your preferred method of pizza consumption (for lunch or dinner), and whether you eat your beloved slice every day, or a couple of times a year, all pizza lovers should check out The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Pizzas in America. How many have you tried?

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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi