Table 1

Mean Intake of Added Sugars and Percentage Contribution of Various Foods Among the U.S. Population by Age, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005–2006

All Persons
(n = 8,272)
2 to 18 Years
(n = 3,553)
19+ Years
(n = 4,719)
Mean intake of added sugars, tsp212320
Food Group by Rank
1. Soda/energy/sports drinks35.731.837.1
2. Grain-based desserts12.910.913.7
3. Fruit drinks10.515.08.9
4. Dairy desserts6.67.96.1
5. Candy6.16.85.8
6. Ready-to-eat cereals3.86.42.9
7. Sugars/honey3.51.44.2
8. Tea3.52.14.0
9. Yeast breads2.11.92.2
10. Syrups/toppings1.92.81.5

Data from National Cancer Institute. Sources of calories from added sugars among the US population, 2005 to 2006.

  • Rank for all persons only. Columns for other age groups are ordered by this ranking.