How Much Sugar Are We Consuming

In 2007, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimated the consumption of caloric sweeteners (added sugars) at just under 85 pounds per adult. In a sense, sugar is the number one food additive. It turns up in some unlikely places, such as pizza, bread, hot dogs, boxed mixed rice, soup, crackers, spaghetti sauce, lunch meat, canned vegetables, fruit drinks, flavored yogurt, ketchup, salad dressing, mayonnaise, and some peanut butter. Carbonated sodas provided more than a fifth (22 percent) of the added sugars in the 2000 American food supply, compared with 16 percent in 1970.

Later in this book we will look more closely at some of the most popular diets today and yesterday including Atkins and South Beach. On these diets, the followers generally eat lower amounts of carbohydrate as well as a limited variety of carbohydrate-containing foods.

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