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CDC Reports on U.S. Sugar Intake Among Adults

May 13, 2013

U.S. adults receive approximately 13% of their calories from added sugars.

Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2005–2010, shed light on the high level of sugar consumption among U.S. adults.
 
While the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 recommends limiting total intake of discretionary calories, such as sugars and solid fats, to 5–15% per day, CDC’s assessment found that U.S. adults receive approximately 13% of their calories from added sugars. Further, the report showed that more calories from added sugar were consumed through foods rather than beverages.
 
Race and level of income were also found to be key factors influencing overall sugar consumption.
 
The report found that Non-Hispanic black men consumed a larger percentage of total calories from added sugars (14.5%) than non-Hispanic white (12.8%) and Mexican-American men (12.9%). Non-Hispanic black women consumed the most calories, with 15.2% coming from added sugars, compared with 13.2% for non-Hispanic white women and 12.6% for Mexican-American women.
 
The report also established that the mean percentage of total calories from added sugars decreased with increasing age and increasing income.

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