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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 19, 2013

As Age, Income Go Up, Added Sugar Calories Go Down

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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Section Editor: Rebecca Voelker, MSJ.

JAMA. 2013;309(23):2431. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.6686

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has found that US adults consume fewer calories from sweeteners added to processed and prepared foods as they get older and as their incomes increase.

Federal dietary guidelines released in 2010 recommend that discretionary calories, including added sugars and solid fats, be limited to between 5% and 10% of daily caloric intake. Compared with a recent analysis showing that children and adolescents get 16% of their calories from added sugars, the NCHS data found the figure is 13% for adults.