There is no doubt that Americans love a sweet treat! But beyond obvious sweets like cookies, cakes, pies and candy, sugar is not always so easily detectable. The truth is refined sugar is everywhere from the cereal aisle to the checkout counter.
It is estimated that the average American consumes 150 to 170 pounds of sugar annually. This is equivalent to between ¼ and ½ a pound of sugar each day or thirty to thirty-four 5 pound bags of sugar each year.
Common products that contain a high amount of added sugar include:
With white sugar so well incorporated into the average American diet, it can be hard to resist. However, there are healthy alternatives such as artificial sweeteners like Splenda. Also, many common food products are now made with reduced sugar or artificial sweeteners. So it is actually easier now than ever to monitor our sugar intake and protect our health.