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Americans consume 355 calories per day as added sugar, notes American Heart Association
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"In 2001 to 2004, the usual intake of added sugars for Americans was 22.2 teaspoons per day (355 calories per day)," according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association.
“Between 1970 and 2005, average annual availability of sugars/added sugars increased by 19%, which added 76 calories to Americans’ average daily energy intake,” they noted.
“Although trial data are limited, evidence from observational studies indicates that a higher intake of soft drinks is associated with greater energy intake, higher body weight, and lower intake of essential nutrients.”
American consume 50 gallons of soda or sugar-sweetened beverages per year.
Johnson R, Appel LJ, Brands M, Howard B, Lefevre M, Lustig R, Sacks F, Steffen L, Wylie-Rosett J. Dietary sugars intake and cardiovascular health: A scientific statement from the american heart association. Circulation. 2009 Sep 15, 120(11):1011-20.
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