December 21, 2012
Americans consume nearly 100 pounds of sugar and sweeteners each year. The #1 source? Soda and fruit drinks.
On average Americans consume nearly 100 pounds of sugar and high-calorie sweeteners each year. Nearly half comes from soda or fruit drinks that contain sugar or other sweeteners; together such drinks are the top source of calories in the American diet.
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US National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute: “Table 5a. Mean Intake of Added Sugars & Percentage Contribution of Various Foods Among US Population, by Age, NHANES 2005–06”
US National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute: “Sources of Calories from Added Sugars among the US Population, 2005–06”
What Do Others Say:
Princeton University: “A sweet problem: Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts weight gain”
Michigan State University infographic: “The illusion of diversity: Visualizing ownership in the soft drink industry”