In 2009 Americans spent 9.48% of their disposable income on food. 5.55% of that was spent on food for the home while the other 3.93% was spent on food away from home (i.e. eating out). Contrast this with 1949; Americans spent 22% of their disposable income on food. ‘So what?’ you may be asking. Let’s compare the amount spent on food in America versus that of other countries around the world. In 2009 France spent 13.7% of its disposable income on food, Japan spent 14.6%, Mexico 24.2%, China 34.9%, and Indonesia spent 45.7% of its disposable income on food in 2009. But, why does all of this matter? It matters because it reveals many important things about Americans, but two that are quite serious.

First, we see that America, the most prosperous nation in the world, spends less than 10% of its income on food. Second, America has the cheapest food in the world. These are shocking findings because we see Americans caring less and less about their general health. In America we have many huge ‘factory farms’ and feedlot operations. These corporations produce low quality food at a very low cost. Thus, in turn, Americans can buy lower quality food that is grown in poor conditions at a very low price. We may think that this is a good thing as it will leave more money for other activities and leisure. In no way do we think leisure is a bad thing. However, should we spend more money on leisure and extra-curricular activities at the expense of our health? We don’t think so. Quality food will cost you more. We won’t sugarcoat that one. But, we believe it is a worthwhile investment that will benefit you and your family in the long run.

One of the main problems with the overall state of America’s health is that we spend an overabundance on healthcare treatment because of negative health and food choices when we should spend more on preventing these problems by eating higher quality, more nutritious food among other wise health decisions. This brief blurb about how much we spend on food in America as a whole is in no way comprehensive. We will write a lengthier article in the near future to help you better understand everything that has been stated here. In the meantime though, we hope this has caused you to simply sit back and ask yourself if you are making wise decisions in regards to food buying.  If you are, keep doing so! If not, we encourage you to reconsider what you put into your body. There is much more to overall health other than food consumption. Yet, the food that you eat is vitally important.