Despite the increases in childhood obesity in the United States, Americans are technically consuming less sugar than they did about a decade earlier, according to a new report.
And two-thirds of this decrease is due to people drinking fewer sugar-sweetened sodas.
The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, shows that the percentage of our diets that is comprised of sugar dropped from 18 percent between 1999 and 2000 to 14.6 percent between 2007 and 2008.
“We were surprised to see that there was a substantial reduction over the years,” study researcher Dr. Jean Welsh, of Emory University in Atlanta, told Reuters.
Researchers analyzed data from a study of 42,316 people ages 2 and older to see how much added sugar — that is, sugars that are not naturally included in foods, like fruit — they consumed.
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