Myth

The majority of added sugars in the diets of American children come from sugar-sweetened beverages.

Fact

Actually, food is the No. 1 source of added sugars in the diets of American children and adolescents, according to a March 2012 data brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

By looking at government data, the authors found that 41 percent of added sugars in American childrens’ diets came from beverages, while 59 percent came from foods.

Additionally, the data brief shows that the percent of daily calories coming from added sugars declined between 1999-2000 and 2007-2008.

Source: Consumption of Added Sugar Among U.S. Children and Adolescents, 2005-2008, a data brief from the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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