Do Sugary Beverages Account for Most of American’s Sugar Intake?

Sugar-Products_final1There has been much scrutiny in the media about the amounts of sugar we consume through that of sodas and other types of high sugar-content beverages, however is the amount of sugar we consume in total significantly contributed by these sugary beverages alone?

You would think so, seeing how the amount of “sugar” calories we consume from beverages has nearly doubled in 4 decades, but it definitely is not the case considering the new data recently proclaimed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Instead the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that most of  the sugar in our diets come from that of the foods that we eat.

There have been numerous health campaigns launched to combat the rates that which American’s are increasing their risks of diseases associated with poor diet, health, and obesity. This is due to the actual fact that at least 1/3 of the calories consumed by Americans are contributed in fact by the sugary beverages we drink. It is a shocking amount, but not what many have assumed.

The survey revealed that the other 70% of total sugar consumed by Americans regularly comes from foods that consist of high fructose corn syrups and processed foods such as cereals, condiments,breads, snack cakes, and just about every other food that is purchased in a jar, box, or container.

On labels of food, ingredients are listed from highest to lowest weight. Those individuals reading food labels most often see the first few ingredients listed, however sometimes sugar is not listed until latter so it is often missed.

In this research conducted by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, it was also noted that between ages and gender of Americans there were small variances of the total amount of sugar consumed daily. Men consume less sugar calories than women, with a 5% difference, and as people age the amount of daily calories contributed by sugar decrease.

All in all, it still boils down to debunking the fallacy that we consume most of our sugar calories from sugary beverages. As this survey clearly demonstrates it is the food we eat on a daily basis that is the largest culprit.



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Written by Heidi Shepard

Heidi was born and raised in Vero Beach, Florida. At a very young age she discovered her passion for writing, and graduated in 1996 from Florida State University with a major in journalism and minor in Nursing. She is a licensed RN part-time and also works full-time writing for various local health journals and papers. She is a definite asset to Newhealthalert. Not only does her experience and passion show through her keen writing, but her expertise in the medical field enables her to capture the best news topics and subjects found in the health niche.

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