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How much sugar does the average American eat?

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  • A , Fitness, answered
    The average American consumes more than 47 teaspoons of sugar each day (this shocking number was revealed by researchers at Colorado State University); that’s about 189 grams a day. About 200 years ago, daily consumption of sugar was under 15 grams -- research has shown that before the Industrial Revolution, that’s about how much the average person ate. You didn't see much belly fat back then. You also didn’t see a population severely overwhelmed by obesity; compare that to now, where two-thirds of our population is overweight and sick and facing crippling medical bills due to the consequences of poor health habits.
  • A Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of
    According to the CDC/NCHS National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2005-2010, men  consume about 335 calories from added sugars (~21 teaspoons)  compared to women who consume about 239 calories from added sugars (~ 15 teaspoons) per day. 

    About 13% of total calories consumed throughout the day came from added sugars. Recent guidelines from the World Health Organization suggest limiting consumption of sugars to less than 5% of total calories in order to reduce public health problems. For the average American diet of 2000 calories, that’s about 100 calories of added sugar (~6 teaspoons) per day.
     
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