U.S. Cuts Estimate of Sugar Intake of Typical American – NYTimes.com

From 100 to 76.7 pounds per year, in the latest estimates. Unfortunately, no international comparisons or domestic historical comparisons, or assessments whether the lower number is still a cause for concern (I suspect it is) or not. While I tend to believe that reasonable methodology was followed, the quote below makes a valid point:

“There’s such an implication of precision and accuracy in that decimal point — boy, we’ve got this nailed now,” said Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. “But when you take a good look, it’s built on a foundation of sand.”

This will of course play out in the current political debates over soft drink bans and the like – hence the need for more information about what 80 lbs. means in terms of obesity (which continues to increase).

U.S. Cuts Estimate of Sugar Intake of Typical American – NYTimes.com.

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