Wednesday, May 01, 2013

A Little Added Sugar—At Home

Think those super-sized soft drinks from fast-food restaurants are the primary culprit in the nation's sugar high? Maybe not, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. A dietary recall survey of American adults reveals that the 58 percent majority of the added sugars in the beverages we consume are downed at home rather than at restaurants. An even larger 67 percent of the added sugars in the food we eat are consumed at home.

Added sugars, by the way, are just what you think they are--sugar added to packaged and processed food and beverages including soft drinks, bread, cereal, cake, cookies, ice cream, candy, and a whole bunch of other items we can't seem to resist.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, Consumption of Added Sugars among U.S. Adults, 2005-2010

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