Chicago (CBS) – A new study by the University of Vermont says Americans waste about one pound of food per person per day and it turns out the healthier a person eats, the more food that individual throws away.

The study found that between 2007-2014, Americans wasted about 150,000 tons of food daily. Fruits and vegetables were thrown out the most, followed by dairy and meat.

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Researchers say many people need to learn the difference between bruised or damaged produce and food that is spoiled.

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“Just because a banana has a bruise on it doesn’t mean we have to throw it away. We can re-purpose it,” explains Meredith Niles, Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont and co-author of the study. “Maybe we don’t want to eat it straight, but we could put it in a smoothie or blend it up and make banana bread.”

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Other suggestions include educating consumers on the proper way to store fresh fruits and vegetables so they last longer, as well as revising sell-by dates for meat and dairy.