- On average, Americans eat about 22 teaspoons of sugars daily (355 kcal).
- Most of the sugar we eat comes from added sugars during processing from soft drinks, cakes, cookies, fruit punch and dairy desserts.
- Between 1970 and 2000, consumption of caloric soft drinks increased 70% and has resulted in an intake of 34 teaspoons (549 kcal) of added sugar daily in children 14-18 years old.
- The “supersizing” trend is contributing to this problem. For example, in the 1950’s a typical soft drink serving was a 6.5 oz. bottle. Today, a 20 oz. bottle is a typical serving. This change alone contributes 170 extra calories of sugar to the diet.
- Drinking 1 bottle per day for a year amounts to 62,050 extra calories and an estimated 17-18 pound weight gain.
- High intakes of sugar (especially fructose) have been associated with increased blood triglyceride levels, increased LDL-cholesterol levels and decreased HDL-cholesterol, conditions associated with cardiovascular disease risk.