Are you addicted to sugar?

Americans consume approximately 100 pounds of sugar and high-calorie sweeteners each year.  Most adults consume 22 teaspoons or 355 calories of sugar a day, while the recommended intake is only six teaspoons or 100 calories for women and nine teaspoons or 150 calories for men.  Almost half of those calories come from soda or fruit drinks that contain sugar or other artificial sweeteners. Are you addicted to sugar?

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Resource

US Department of Agriculture: “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, Table 2.2″

US National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute: “Table 5a. Mean Intake of Added Sugars & Percentage Contribution of Various Foods Among US Population, by Age, NHANES 2005–06” 

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