Some 13% of Americans, or one in every eight people, over the age of two eat pizza on any given day. Older children from the ages 6-11 and adolescents from 12-19, eat the most pizza, with 22% consumed daily.
Adults age 60 and over consume the least amount of pizza, with only 6%, according to the study.
"Called the world's most popular food, pizza has experienced growth in sales at both big chain and independent restaurants," the study noted. "In addition, frozen/chilled pizza also reported growth."
Other findings include:
-- Children from ages 2-19, are almost twice as likely to consume pizza than adults ages 20 years and over.
-- Kids tend to eat pizza for lunch or dinner, while adults typically eat pizza only for dinner.
-- Some 59% of Americans eat pizza at home.
-- A higher percentage of males (15%) than females (11%) consume pizza on any given day.
-- For adults, whites are more likely to consume pizza than blacks or Hispanics, and for children, there is no difference by race/ethnicity.
The study also stated that when consumed, pizza contributed about one-third of the daily intakes for sodium and calcium, saturated fat, fiber and more than half of the daily intake for lycopene. The pie holds a large intake of sodium with about 33% for children and 38% for adults on any given day.