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Do you eat in the car?

Here’s a number that blew me away:

Nineteen percent of meals [and snacks in the U.S.] are eaten in the car right now.

From an interview with Michael Pollan, the author of The Omnivore’s Dilmena. (via 3qd)

I eat in the car less than one percent of the time. I would say never, but it’s a bit more frequent than never.


  1. I always eat ice cream cones in the car … where else would you eat them? The hard part now is figuring out my ratio of ice cream cones to the rest of my intake.

  2. I would end up drenching myself in melted ice cream if I tried to eat ice cream cones in a car. I can barely keep the ice cream off myself when I eat them while stationary.

  3. Does it count if you steal french fries from the bag on the way back to the office after grabbing fast-food take-out for lunch?

  4. If Arby’s curly fries count…my wife and I eat a bunch in the car. 🙂

    Other than that…maybe once a month when I end up driving to work and “forget” my lunch. I’ll hit a drive through and eat on the way back to the office.

  5. Of course, 23% of all statistics are made up.

  6. I don’t remember the last time I ate in the car. First, thanks to Metro, I don’t have to drive very often. And second, eating in the car can cause a huge mess, and who wants that? Also, we only rarely eat fast food, which is probably what most food eaten in cars is.

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