Prodigy

Americans Consume About 1.77 Million Skittles in a Lifetime

By: Akihiko Tse - Published: • References: forbes and designtaxi
In 1822, the average American consumed 45g of sugar every five days, whereas Americans now consume 765g of sugar in the same timeframe, according a sugar consumption infographic by OnlineNursingPrograms.com.

Forty-five grams of sugar equates to about the same amount of sugar found in a 12-ounce soda can. In comparison, Americans now consume 17 times that amount, which equals to about 130 pounds of sugar every year. Such has been the rise in the rate of consumption in sugar that the average American consumes 3,550 pounds of sugar in an entire lifetime -- that's almost 1.77 million Skittles.

The "biggest culprits" are soft drinks at 33 per cent, followed by sugars and candy (16.1), cakes, cookies and pies (12.9), fruit drinks (9.7), dairy desserts and milk (8.6) and other grains (5.8).

Most worrying, though, is the statistic that the American Heart Association recommends no more than 9.5 teaspoons of sugar per day, where as the average adults eats 22 teaspoons of sugar per day, while the average child consumes 32 teaspoons per day, according to the sugar consumption infographic.