Most consumed type of meat (or fish) by country

Meat has been a part of the Homo sapiens diet since ancient times. The domestication of animals for meat, milk, and wool was a driving power behind the development of permanent human societies starting about 10 thousand B.C.

Scientists assume that higher meat consumption, high in protein and fat, committed to human life extents and mental growth during that time.

Globally, the consumption of different types of meat varies greatly. Such differences are primarily due to economic, historical, cultural, and religious reasons. The map below shows the most consumed type of meat by country.

Most consumed type of meat or fish by country

Pork is the most popular meat in Europe. It is also prevalent in Asia. Unlike the Old World, Americas prefers Chicken.

In absolute numbers, globally, the most consumed types of meat are as follows.

Top Most Consumed Meats In The World in 2021
  1. Fish ~ 180 million tons
  2. Chicken – 128 million tons
  3. Pork – 118 million tons
  4. Beef – 92 million tons
  5. Lamb Meat – 18 million tons
  6. Goat Meat – 12 million tons
  7. Turkey – 6 million tons (The U.S. consumed 41% of overall turkey meat consumption. It is about 2.4 million tons)
  8. Duck – 5 million tons
  9. Buffalo – 4.9 million tons
  10. Goose Meat – 2.7 million tons
  11. Rabbit Meat – 1.1 million tons
  12. Horse Meat ~ 800 thousand tons

It should come as no wonder that fish is the most consumed type of meat in the world. In addition, fish is the most healthy type of meat, full of heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.

Below is the list of the healthiest types of meats.

The healthiest meats
  1. Fish
  2. Chicken
  3. Turkey
  4. Beef
  5. Veal
  6. Lamb
  7. Goat
  8. Buffalo
  9. Ostrich
  10. Emu
  11. Sandwich Meats
  12. Venison
  13. Pork
  14. Wild Boar
  15. Roast Beef
  16. Pheasant
  17. Quail
  18. Bison

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