Cafe Society

Five foods that are just fine to waste -- starting with Oreos

We Americans waste food -- and lots of it. A recent report by the Natural Resources Defense Council's food and agriculture program determined that Americans discard 40 percent of the food supply every year, and the average American family of four annually throws away an equivalent of up to $2,275 in food. That's a fat chunk of couch change.

Americans need to cut the fat by becoming more conscious of what they waste; smaller portions -- yeah, I said it -- would lighten the landfills and plump up wallets. Still, there are a few eats and drinks that are definitely acceptable to toss on the trash heap. Here's a list of five (and if you are curious, Twinkies would be number six).

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Jenn Wohletz
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