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The Stunning Amount Of Peanut Butter The Average Human Consumes Each Year
By Christine Barba
While it is no secret that peanut butter has captivated much of the U.S., you may be surprised by just how much peanut butter the average American takes in every year.
In 2021, WSAW-TV reported that people in the U.S. consume 3 pounds of peanut butter per person every year, which equates to 700 million pounds of peanut butter.
2021 was also the year the National Peanut Board gathered data from the USDA and U.S. Census that marked the consumption of peanut butter per capita went
up by nearly 8 pounds.
In another article, the National Peanut Board shared that in the U.S., the average person consumes about 3,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches during the course of their life.
Other countries don’t feel the same about peanut butter. Marketing professor Brian Sternthal told HuffPost that it’s largely regarded as an “unpalatable American curiosity.”
The report cites information gathered by the National Peanut Board that claims "The average European eats less than 1 tbsp of peanut butter a year."