Rice consumption continues to decline. Statistics Korea on Thursday said that the country's annual per capital rice consumption stood at 69.8 kg last year, dwindling to nearly half over three decades since it peaked at 135.6 kg in 1979.
That was a daily rice consumption per person of 191.3 g, no more than half a bowl of rice per meal.
In 1972, 368.6 g of rice were consumed daily per person, meaning one person ate a full bowl of rice per meal.
"Rice consumption is on the decline because alternatives are getting more popular, and there is such a variety of processed food," a Statistics Korea official said. "If the trend continues, daily rice consumption will drop to a bowl of rice in 10 years."
The perception that too much carbohydrate is unhealthy also plays a part in the trend.