One in three Americans throws away food every day. What are the top 10 grocery items people would never think twice about tossing?

The “good food thrown away” is a problem that many people face. According to the National Resources Defense Council, the 10 groceries that people throw out the most are bread, milk, bananas, eggs, celery, potatoes and more.

Did you realize that a third or more of the food purchased globally is wasted? The nations with the highest levels of food waste, according to the World Economic Forum, are:

1. The Americas 2. Europe 3. Asian industrialized 4. South America 5. North Africa, West & Central Asia 6. Southern Africa 7. Asia in South

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A third of this waste is attributable to fruits and vegetables that are discarded even before they reach grocery shops because they are judged to “unattractive” for customers. The top 10 foods worldwide that are discarded without being eaten are shown below.

  1. The Americas
  2. Europe
  3. Asian industrialized
  4. South America
  5. North Africa, West & Central Asia
  6. Southern Africa
  7. Asia in South

The following are the top 10 foods that people throw away the most, according to RespectFood.com:

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10. Fish

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9. Meat

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8. Cheese

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7. Eggs

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6. Milk

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5. FRESH BERRY

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4. Leftover cooked food

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3. seasonal veggies

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2. Salads in bags

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1. Bread

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Do you often find yourself tossing food away? Even if you aren’t quite ready to consume it, there are various methods to use your food before it expires. Many foods may be canned, pickled, or preserved. Fruits and vegetables can also be dried in a dehydrator. Stale bread can even be used to create bread crumbs or croutons.

Of course, one of the best ways to extend the shelf life of food is to freeze it before it spoils.

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The “food waste trends” is a study that shows the 10 groceries that people throw out the most. It also has some tips on how to avoid wasting food.

  • where is the most food wasted
  • food waste by category
  • how much food do you waste
  • how much food does one person waste in a year
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