3. They do not like to cook at home
Saving time, Americans prefer to eat out, leaving about 3,000 USD a year in catering establishments – since the food industry is well developed here, and the choice is huge: from McDonald's to Michelin-starred restaurants. You don’t need a special occasion to go to a cafe or restaurant – the average American goes somewhere for breakfast on weekdays, and on weekends he goes out to a restaurant with his family. Do you know the 20 strangest prohibitions in America?
4. Prefer semi-finished products
Even those who are ready to stand at the stove usually spend no more than an hour a day on it – semi-finished products or dry mixes come to the rescue here. In the frozen food section, you can find anything: pizza, lasagna, meatballs, casseroles, sweet pies and much more. Breeding dough for pancakes from eggs and flour is too long: it’s easier and faster to take the finished mixture, pour it with milk or water and mix everything in a blender.
5. Have a hearty supper
Americans don’t bother preparing breakfast or lunch: for lunch, you can eat a sandwich or salad, order delivery, or go to a cafe near work. Another thing is dinner: in many families this is the main meal of the day. The whole family gathers at home, so something solid is served at the table – they bake meat or chicken, prepare soups and side dishes from vegetables and beans, and complete the evening feast with sweet desserts.
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6. They put food on large plates
Standard American plates with a diameter of 30-33 cm are one and a half to two times larger than in Europe – is it any wonder at the size of local portions? Experts compared two Chinese restaurants – in Philadelphia and in Paris: the volume of the contents of a plate in an American city was 70% more.
Specialists have calculated that the average meal in an American restaurant has quadrupled over the past half century: the average American now consumes 400 calories more per day than his compatriot in 1970. According to nutritionists, this is one of the reasons massive problems with overweight – according to statistics, 70% of the country's inhabitants have extra pounds (in Russia, if anything, only 60% have it).