A recent report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has allegedly found that “approximately 13% of adults’ total caloric intakes came from added sugars between 2005 and 2010” despite government recommendations that “no more than 5% to 15% of calories should come from solid fats and added sugars.” R. Bethene Ervin, et al., “Consumption of Added Sugars Among U.S. Adults, 2005-2010,” NCHS Data Brief, May 2013. Based on data from the Natonal Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2010, the report also suggested that (i) “men consumed a larger amount of calories from added sugars than women, but not when their added sugar intakes were expressed as a percentage of total calories,” and (ii) “the percentage of calories from added sugars increased with increasing age for children and adolescents, but there was no difference in added sugars consumption between income groups.”

In addition, CDC researchers noted that “more of the calories from added sugars came from foods rather than beverages.” For adults, beverages contributed 33 percent of calories from added sugars, while for children and adolescents, beverages contributed 40 percent of calories from added sugars. “However, previous research has shown that when foods and beverages are separated into specific food or beverage items, regular sodas are the leading food sources of added sugars, at least for adults aged 18-54,” concluded the report’s authors. “Regardless of whether the added sugars are from food or beverages, the majority of the calories from added sugars as well as total calories are consumed at home by both adults and youth.”