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Addicted to Added Sugar? It May Be 13 Percent of Your Calories

May 13, 2013
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Food companies put sugar in the soft drinks you buy to make them taste better. About a third of the added sugar Americans consume come from soft drinks. Americans are consuming too much sugar added to their food.

Added sugar also comes in cereals, baked goods, salad dressing, butter, candy and prepared foods. These foods also add to more calories and less nutrition.

Extra calories end up as extra pounds and may lead to diabetes.

U.S. diet guidelines say these added sugar calories should be between 5 percent and 15 percent of your daily diet.

New findings report that added sugar is 13 percent of the typical adult diet.

  • Adult men consume more than adult women
  • Black Americans consume more than white Americans
  • Lower-income Americans consume more than middle and higher-income Americans
  • Younger people consume less
  • Older people consume less

Added sugar leads to people having less taste for fruits, vegetables and other foods that are essential to good health. Added sugar is not the sugar in milk and fruit.

When looking at a nutrition label, remember that added sugar is found in ingredients that include words like brown sugar, fructose, corn syrup (almost anytime the word syrup is used), sweetener, and dextrose.

Source: The Los Angeles Times

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