Reuters Poll on Sugar Consumption Not Breaking News
February 4, 2016
A January Reuters poll shows that the majority of Americans are trying to cut their sugar intake. With headlines such as “Exclusive: Americans say they are trying to cut sugar intake,” it looks like sugar will remain a media darling into 2016. However, the fact is that this poll – and story – is not telling us anything new. What many people clearly don’t realize is that a downward trend for sugar intake is not a recent one at all. Per capita consumption of all caloric sweeteners has been declining for over 15 years, with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) data showing that intake is down 15.3 % from 1999.