To the point...
In 1851 the average person ate 8lbs of pears (compared with 3lbs in 2010), approximately 9lbs of grapes and other soft fruits (roughly double that eaten today), and just under 18lbs of dried fruit (against 3.5lbs). For vegetables the differences are even more striking - in 1851 the average Londoner ate 31.8lbs of onions (compared to 13.2lbs today), consumed over 40lbs of turnips or swedes (compared with 2.3lbs today), and packed away almost 70lbs of cabbages per year (compared with 21lbs nowadays). Sugar consumption was approximately 30lbs per year, approximately 1/3 of what it is today - yes that's right you likely consume in the region of 90lbs of sugar per year.
|Are they eating better than you!?|
On a side note and purely for hilarity Bryson continues to point out perceptions of potatoes, stating that:
"..for the first 150 years or so after their introduction to Europe many people considered the potato an unwholesome vegetable because its edible parts grew underground instead of reaching for the sun. Clergymen sometimes preached against the potato on the grounds that it appears nowhere in the Bible."
In my opinion, clergymen should likely preach against McDonalds too since there's no mention of that in the Bible. Of course we could tangent in to the direction of religion but let's save it for another time.
Be Well (and try to eat well too!)