Monday, August 22, 2005

Teenage boys consume 160 pounds of sweeteners per year

Yuck! According to a report from Stephen Haley, Jane Reed, Biing-Hwan Lin, and Annetta Cook at USDA's Economic Research Service last week, teenage boys consume 160 pounds of sweeteners annually, more sweeteners than any other age/sex group consumes. People in the Midwest consume more sweeteners than those in any other region do. White and Black Americans consume similar amounts of sweetener overall, but often in different products. The report carefully combines food supply data with consumer survey data, to provide a wealth of similarly disaggregated estimates of consumption of sugar, corn syrup, and other sweeteners, in sodas, baked goods, and other food products.

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