Maybe it's all the poutine and peameal: animal fats make up an artery-straining seven per cent of the average Canadian diet. That compares to six per cent across the European Union, three per cent in the U.S. and less than one per cent in Mali. By contrast, cereal grains make up 67 per cent of the diet in Mali — and only 25 per cent of what we eat here.
Those findings come from the data visualization you see above, which was compiled by Knoema, a U.S.-based open data repository. The chart lays out the diet of 16 different countries, ranked by gross domestic product (the data comes from the Food Balance Sheets compiled by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization) . As you'd probably expect, people in richer countries tend to eat more expensive food:
People in high income countries consume more vegetable oils, sugar and sweeteners, milk and meat. With the decrease of income among countries, consumption of cereals accounts for bigger share of daily diet. People living at extreme poverty level consume much more starchy roots.
Although Canada's animal fat consumption outpaces the U.S.'s, Americans tend to drink more than we do: alcoholic beverages make up four per cent of their diet, and three per cent of ours. Russia and Uganda, by the way, lead that particular pack, with booze taking up six per cent of their diet.