A recent study revealed the common, favorite food in the United States. According to a newly released study devised by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) the common foods in each of the four major regions in the U.S was revealed. It was also revealed in the study that the nearness of a supermarket from the place you live, plays an important role in determining your eating routine.
The research team headed by Munmun De Choudhury studied three million geo-tagged posts from various social media channels. The country was divided into four regions for the ease of classification. Southwest, Midwest, West and Southeast regions were subjected to the study. The study showed that the Southeast population favoured bacon, potatoes, and grits (food deserts) vs. collard greens, oranges, and peaches (non-food deserts). Whereas the Midwest liked to include hamburgers, hot dogs, and brisket vs. beans, spinach, and kale in their menu.
West prefred pie, beef, and sausage vs. quinoa, apple, and crab and the Southwest liked barbeque, pork, and burritos vs. tomatoes, asparagus, and bananas.
“Fruits and vegetables are the biggest difference. Forty-eight percent of posts from people in non-food deserts mention them. It’s only 33 percent in food deserts,” added De Choundhury. Although calories differed slightly across the regions, there were greater disparities seen in fat, sugar, and cholesterol, especially between the West and the Southwest. “That would seem counter intuitive at first because so much of the south is designated as a food desert. But other statistics show that Southern people generally eat-high calorie food that is rich in fat and cholesterol. It doesn’t matter where you live, everyone seems to eat what their region is known for,” concluded De Choundhury.