According to NPR, the average American literally ate a ton of food last year, with most of the food consisting of cheese, sweets, potatoes and grains. The data, provided by the USDA, indicated that we each consume about 630 pounds of dairy per year and 185 pounds of meat and poultry. Americans consumed 273 pounds of fruit and 415 pounds of vegetables, but the majority of vegetables were starch-heavy corn and potatoes.
All that is topped off with 141 pounds of sweetener, including 42 pounds of corn syrup, and 85 pounds of fats. The USDA estimates the average American eats nearly 2,700 calories per day, which is significantly higher than the 2,000 recommended for an average person.
An Arizona ABC affiliate reported that Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana, worth about $1.5 million, hidden in a shipment of watermelons.
A man attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border with the shipment was referred to am X-ray inspection of his truck, which revealed the hidden stash. Both the drugs and the truck were seized, and the driver was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Gizmodo reported that researchers at the University of Copenhagen have come up with a “magnetic tongue” that could be used by food processors to “taste” the flavor of tomatoes during the canning process.
The scientists said they were able to determine the levels and types of sugars and amino acids in 18 tomato samples, which were also tested by professional human tasters. The researchers correlated the results of the machine with the descriptions of the human taste testers, and then they say they were able to create their mechanical tester to determine the bitterness, sweetness, sourness, saltiness, texture and density of the products.