America’s Sugar Addiction

America’s Sugar Addiction: How Our Need for A Sweet Fix Has Expanded Our Waistlines

In the United States, most adults consume 22 teaspoons (355 calories) of sugar a day, yet the recommended intake is only six teaspoons (100 calories) for adult women and nine teaspoons (150 calories) for men. Rewind time and you find that in the early 1800s, Americans were consuming just 3.8 teaspoons of sugar per day. That increase has led to weight gain and such serious health risks as diabetes. The infographic below was created to demonstrate the alarming increases in sugar consumption over the years and help raise awareness about sugar addiction.

America’s Sugar Addiction: How Our Need for A Sweet Fix Has Expanded Our Waistlines