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12 Scary Statistics About Sugar Consumption

February 26, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Russell D. Mann

It’s no secret that the US has a love affair with sugar. And sometimes it’s hard to realize just the amount of sugar you eat on a day-to-day basis. Seeing the numbers can impact your decisions when it comes to the food you eat. Would you drink a 20 oz bottle of soda if you could picture the almost 17 teaspoons of sugar in there? Here are a few more statistics that may help decrease your overall sugar consumption.

According to the USDA, the average American consumes 150 to 170 pounds of sugar every year.

Between 2005 and 2010, approximately 13 percent of adult’s total caloric intake came from added sugars. According to the 2010 dietary guidelines, the CDC says that no more than 5-15% of calories should come from solid fats and added sugars combined.

  • Approximately 80 percent of packaged foods contain added sweeteners.
  • Soda is the leading food source of added sugars for adults ages 18-54.
  • One-third of added sugars consumed by adults comes from beverages.
  • In adolescents, 40 percent of added sugars consumed comes from beverages.
  • The maximum daily intake of sugar is 125 calories per day–150 calories (36 grams) for men and 100 calories (24 grams) for women.
  • Based on a 2000 calorie diet, the average person is consuming 260 calories worth of just added sugars a day (this doesn’t even count natural sugars).
  • One twelve oz can of coke contains 140 calories from sugar.
  • In 2011, Americans drank an average of 53 gallons of soft drinks per person per year. Today, that number has decreased to 44 gallons of soft drinks per person per year.
  • Drinking just one can of sugar-sweetened soft drink per day with no other dietary changes lead to an excess weight gain of 10 to 15 pounds in one year.
  • A study released in 2014 attributes sugar consumption and only sugar consumption as the cause of tooth decay.
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