American Beverage Association

July 15, 2013

Adults Are Consuming More Sugar Calories From Food Than Beverages

Calories from added sugars are twice as likely to come from foods as from beverages among adults over the age of 20. That’s the finding in a recent government report that analyzed average daily consumption patterns of Americans from 2005 to 2010.  In fact, among adults, 67 percent of calories from sugar are consumed in the form of food, compared to 33 percent from beverages.

So how many calories are adults consuming from sugar each day? According to the study from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Approximately 13% of adults’ total caloric intakes came from added sugars between 2005 and 2010.”

Since we’ve established that only a third of the 13 percent comes from what people drink, that means a mere 4.33 percent of average daily calories among adults can be attributed to beverages.

When you do the math, singling out soft drinks for obesity in America doesn’t add up. More choices, fewer calories and smaller portion sizes equals greater options from which consumers can choose. Take control and check out all of the options America’s beverage companies have to offer you and your family.


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