U.S. Sugar Consumption is Startlingly High

Sugar Coke 159x120 U.S. Sugar Consumption is Startlingly HighBy 2606, the U.S. diet will be 100% sugar.

Some great sugar charts from Whole Health Source examine consumption over time. We can see the increase has been quite steady, going from 6.3 pounds per person per year in 1822 to 107.7 pounds per person per year in 1999.

The numbers in this chart include added sweeteners like cane sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and maple syrup, and exclude those sugars found that are found naturally occurring such as in fruits and vegetables.

U.S. Sugar Consumption U.S. Sugar Consumption is Startlingly High

These numbers can be extrapolated to predict our future sugar consumption. We see that on the current trajectory, 2606 is the year that 100% of our diet would be sugar.

U.S. Sugar Consumption Projection U.S. Sugar Consumption is Startlingly High

Some notes from the source:

 * The Department of Commerce and USDA report production, not consumption.  To arrive at a reasonable estimate of consumption, I adjusted the whole data set for post-production losses using the USDA’s current loss estimate of 28.8%. If we assume that less sugar went to waste in the 1800s because it was a more expensive commodity, this estimate may slightly underestimate sugar intake during that time period.

** Assuming current average US energy intake of 2,250 kcal/day, as determined by US Centers for Disease Control NHANES surveys.

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