Consumption of added sugars decreases

by Jeff Gelski
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ATLANTA – Consumption of added sugars in the United States decreased between 1999-2000 and 2007-08, primarily because of a reduction in soft drink consumption, but mean intakes continue to exceed recommended limits, according to a study appearing on-line July 13 in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

During the 10-year time frame, the absolute intake of added sugars decreased from a mean of 100.1 grams per day to 76.7 grams per day. Decreased soft drink consumption accounted for two-thirds of the decrease, from 37.4 grams per day to 22.8 grams per day. Energy drinks were the only source of added sugars to increase over the study period. The percentage of total energy (calories) from added sugars decreased from 18.1% to 14.6%.

The study involved researchers from Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, both based in Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. They used dietary data from NHANES 1998-2008 to do a cross-sectional study of 42,316 U.S. residents age 2 and over. Mean intakes of added sugars (grams and percentage of total energy intake) were weighted to obtain national estimates over time across age, sex and race-ethnic groups.

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