Review of Sugar Consumption in 18 Countries Around the World

A recent publication reviewed dietary intake of sugars across the globe using nationally representative dietary surveys conducted in 18 countries between 1995 and 2012.

The data were stratified by age groups, which provides further insights with respect to sugars intake across the lifespan from infants to older people, and can be used as a benchmark for ongoing surveillance.

Key points include:

  • Intake of total sugars (% energy) decreased over the lifespan.
  • Consumption of added sugars (% energy), which peaked during adolescence and then declined in adulthood, were reported in half of the countries.
  • Of the 18 countries represented, the majority are European (n=13), with a good representation of North America (Canada and USA) and Australasia (Australia and New Zealand). There were only scarce data available from South America (Brazil) and no data from Asia or Africa.

The review was published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, the official journal of The British Dietetic Association.

Read the review in full . . . . .