A Worldwide Day's Worth of Food

What I Eat Around the World in 80 Diets
© Peter Menzel / What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets

Japan, The Bike Messenger
Name: Yajima Jun
Age: 26; Height: 6'; Weight: 180 pounds
Caloric value of food this day: 4800 calories

BREAKFAST: Salmon fillet, 3.5 oz. White rice, 12.7 oz. Egg, 2.2 oz., scrambled and eaten with natto (fermented soybeans), 1.6 oz., and soy sauce, 2 tsp. Umeboshi (pickled ume plums), tuna flavored (2), 0.7 oz. Kagome vegetable juice, 6.8 fl. oz.

LUNCH ON THE BIKE: Homemade onigiri (rice balls wrapped in seaweed), 1.1 lb., stuffed with ume plums and yukari (pickled red shiso leaves, dried and powdered), 1 tbsp. Steamed white bread, 6.7 oz. Yamazaki apple pie, 4.4 oz. Coca-Cola, 16.9 fl. oz.

DINNER: Fried chicken, 10.1 oz. White rice, 1.5 lb. Miso soup (not in picture), 8 fl. oz. Budweiser beer, 11.8 fl. oz.

THROUGHOUT THE DAY: Amino Vital supplements, 0.1 oz. Pocari Sweat sports drink, 16.9 fl. oz. Kirin green tea, 16.9 fl. oz. Georgia Espresso Caffe coffee, with whole milk and sugar (3), 19.3 fl. oz. Boiled water, 10 fl. oz. Vittel bottled water (5), 2.6 qt.

In a typical workday, Yajima Jun spends nine-hours on his bike, five to six days a week. His workday meals are eaten on the run and packaged for speed. Many of the snacks and drinks he eats during the day are obtained from vending machines, which are ubiquitous in Tokyo.

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