It looks like Americans are becoming more aware of their diet choices after all.
A new study has found that people are drinking less soda and consuming less sugar than they did 10 years earlier!
The surprising data shows that the percentage of our diets that is comprised of sugar dropped from 18% between 1999 and 2000 to 14.6% between 2007 and 2008.
After studying 42,316 people to see how much added (not natural) sugar they consumed, researcher Dr. Jean Welsh said, "We were surprised to see that there was a substantial reduction over the years."
What a pleasant surprise, indeed!
Just because Americans are consuming a lower amount of sugar, it doesn't mean that amount is low enough either!
In 2009, an American Heart Association statement said that Americans consume the equivalent of 22 teaspoons of sugar a day, when men should only consume 9 and women 6!
While we've managed to cut out an average of 23 grams of sugar out of our daily diet, we've still got a ways to go!
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