Over the course of a lifetime, the average American consumes over 87,000 slices of bread. Yes, you read that correctly ó eighty-seven thousand. That’s more than a loaf per week per person, not counting the additional 5,000 hot dog buns and 12,000 hamburger buns each American devours in his or her life.
All that wheat calculates out to a lifetime grand total of 21,947 loaves and buns. The National Geographic Societyís Human Footprint project has illustrated this shocking bread obsession in a stunning visual (see the video clip below). In the words of my little brother, who is no stranger to wheatless ways, “That is a totally nasty amount of bread.”
Thereís no argument that bread is an American staple. Amber waves of grain are, after all, an American icon. But we canít live by bread alone. So what are some wheatless alternatives? Before you reach for loaf of wheat-flour bread, think again. Here are some healthy, wheatless sides to keep you away from that 87,000 slice average.
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