Call to Lower the Consumption of Added Sugars
Young adults in America are found to consume more added sugars with their food and beverages compared to older adults.
Statistical Trend of Added Sugar Calorie Consumption
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published data from 2005 to 2010, which showed the consumption by older, higher-earning adults of added sugar to processed or ready-to-eat foods is much less than the young people.
The general population tends to think that a greater percentage of the added sugar in the American diet can be traced to sugary sodas. This notion, however, is not right because the sugary beverages consumption is only one-third. It may be worth to say that the sugar-calorie consumption was done at home and not outside of the home.
The National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief also published a report which stated the decline in the calories consumed from added sugar as men and women advance in age. Persons who are 60 years old and above ate fewer calories from this type of food compared to persons with ages between 20 and 59.
The data also showed that added sugars contributed 13 percent of the total calorie intake of adults. This is in excess of the recommendation by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, which state 5 to 15 percent of total calorie intake should be from added sugars and solid fats combined.
Men have been eating more calories from added sugar than women. Researchers mentioned that men consumed 335 calories a day versus women who consumed 239 calories a day. People across different racial groups and ethnic groups have variances as well. To cite one example, Black Americans consumed more than White Americans and Mexican Americans.
What do these data prove? That people have become consumers of less nutritious food because most eat foods from this category.
Need for Better Nutrition Education Campaign to Lower Obesity and Diabetes Cases
There is still a need to properly educate the American people about good nutrition. Whatever it is that the government is doing in this regard is not succeeding.
The problem with consuming excess sugar is it could lead to being overweight or obese. The CDC statistics state that one-third of the American population are obese.
Some groups of people, particularly those belonging to the higher income level and higher educational level, are taking this message on lowering the consumption of calories from added sugars seriously.
Yet, there’s still much to do to reach out specific groups of people and convince them to make the necessary dietary changes. People must learn to stop taking empty calories and choose healthy foods.
If we want to see lower cases of obesity and diabetes, we need to see more improvements in following the dietary recommendation for added sugar. Something needs to be done to encourage people to limit the added sugar in their diet.
It would help if healthier foods are less expensive and more accessible to people. This will take away a big hindrance in the way people make healthy food choices.
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