Added-Sugars Consumption

  • Per capita consumption of added sugars has risen by 28% since 1983. The average American consumes at least 64 pounds of sugar per year, and the average teenage boy at least 109 pounds.
  • The typical American gets 16% of his or her calories from added sugars. Children aged 6 to 11 get 18% of their calories from added sugars. Teenagers (12 to 19) get 20% of their calories from added sugars.
  • USDA projects that if consumption trends continue, added-sugars intake will increase almost 20% between 1996 and 2005.
  • People who consume diets high in added sugars consume lower levels of fiber; vitamins A, C, E, and folate; magnesium; calcium; and other nutrients. By displacing protective nutrients and foods in the diet, added sugars may increase the risk of osteoporosis, cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease and other health problems. For instance, drinking soft drinks instead of milk may increase the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Calorie-dense foods, which are typically high in sugar and/or fat, contribute to obesity. Between 1976-80 and 1988-94, overweight rates in teenage boys rose from 5% to 12%, in teenage girls from 7% to 11%, and in adults from 25% to 35%.