The food nannies at Citizens for Health (And who are the Citizens Against Health) stated today:
Statistics released by the United States Department of Agriculture show that per capita consumption of natural sugar has dropped significantly in the last 40 years, from almost 100 pounds per person in 1968, to less than 67 pounds per person in 2011, while the nation’s obesity rate has risen dramatically in the same time period.
“Real sugar has been in our food supply for over a hundred years, suggesting that something other than sugar consumption is behind this recent jump in obesity,” said Jim Turner, chair of the consumer advocacy group Citizens for Health…
In 1970, per capita consumption of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) was less than one pound per year. By 1980 it had reached 19 pounds per person per year, and by 1999 the average American consumed close to 64 pounds of the industrial sweetener. A cheap substitute for real sugar (real sugar is made from sugar cane or sugar beets), High Fructose Corn Syrup is chemically derived from an intensive enzyme process. It can be found in thousands of supermarket products and in almost every major soda and sports drink brand. The Corn Refiners Association reported that 19 billion pounds of the man-made sweetener was shipped in 2011.
So in 1968, Americans consumed 100 lbs. of sugar on average. Now they’re eating less sugar (only 67 lbs.) but have added about 64 Lbs. of HFCS — or 131 lbs. of total added sweetener.
But of course, by weight, HFCS has about 47% of the calories of sugar. So on a sugar-equivalency basis, Americans are only eating 97 pounds of added sweetener (67 lbs. of sugar and 30 lbs. of sugar-equivalent from HFCS).
So how does eating less sweetener lead to an obesity epidemic?