Usual Intake of Added Sugars*

Table 38 includes the mean, standard error of the mean, and percentiles of the distribution of intake; Appendix Table A38 provides percentile values (rounded) and their standard errors.

Table 38. Added sugars*: Mean (standard error) and percentiles3 of usual intake, 2001-2004
  Age
(years)
N1 Teaspoons4
Mean (SE)2 5% 10% 25% 50% 75% 90% 95%
Children 1-3 1515 12.2 (0.33) 4.31 5.48 7.88 11.30 15.57 20.13 23.19
4-8 1701 21.0 (0.54) 9.21 11.17 14.89 19.89 25.96 32.23 36.39
Males 9-13 1061 29.2 (0.92) 9.75 12.58 18.46 26.82 37.41 48.80 56.60
14-18 1424 34.3 (1.03) 12.35 15.76 22.53 31.94 43.67 55.91 64.20
19-30 1100 32.0 (1.29) 11.04 14.22 20.71 29.70 40.84 52.90 60.93
31-50 1466 27.7 (0.63) 8.96 11.68 17.37 25.49 35.60 46.63 54.15
51-70 1252 18.9 (0.67) 4.88 6.73 10.77 16.86 24.81 33.73 39.97
71+ 832 16.1 (0.30) 3.82 5.36 8.79 14.11 21.31 29.45 35.28
19+ 4650 25.4 (0.48) 6.66 9.11 14.61 22.83 33.34 44.94 52.85
Females 9-13 1112 23.2 (0.82) 7.50 9.68 14.42 21.24 29.80 39.10 45.38
14-18 1362 25.2 (0.71) 8.42 10.89 16.02 23.17 32.24 42.20 49.08
19-30 1324 24.3 (0.87) 7.99 10.40 15.30 22.32 31.17 40.82 47.34
31-50 1595 18.9 (0.50) 5.48 7.34 11.27 17.08 24.60 33.01 38.63
51-70 1284 14.3 (0.36) 3.49 4.89 7.98 12.61 18.86 26.00 31.07
71+ 860 13.4 (0.42) 3.14 4.45 7.26 11.70 17.66 24.37 29.25
19+ 5063 18.3 (0.37) 4.56 6.30 10.19 16.15 24.07 33.04 39.38
All Persons 1+ 17888 22.2 (0.29) 5.65 7.75 12.42 19.55 29.07 40.09 47.81
*: Includes white, brown and raw sugar, syrup, honey, and molasses that were eaten separately or used as ingredients in processed or prepared foods such as breads, cakes, soft drinks, jams, and ice cream.
1: Number of persons in sample.
2: Standard error of the mean (df=30).
3: Standard errors of the percentiles are presented in Appendix Table A38.
4: One teaspoon of added sugars = the same amount of total sugars as 1 teaspoon (4 g) of table sugar (sucrose).

Table A38. Added sugars*: Percentiles (and standard errors) of usual intake, 2001-2004
  Age
(years)
Teaspoons2
5% (SE)1 10% (SE) 25% (SE) 50% (SE) 75% (SE) 90% (SE) 95% (SE)
Children 1-3 4.3 (0.33) 5.5 (0.33) 7.9 (0.34) 11.3 (0.34) 15.6 (0.40) 20.1 (0.54) 23.2 (0.66)
4-8 9.2 (0.51) 11.2 (0.51) 14.9 (0.51) 19.9 (0.55) 26.0 (0.66) 32.2 (0.86) 36.4 (1.04)
Males 9-13 9.7 (0.73) 12.6 (0.79) 18.5 (0.87) 26.8 (0.98) 37.4 (1.12) 48.8 (1.45) 56.6 (1.72)
14-18 12.4 (0.66) 15.8 (0.69) 22.5 (0.75) 31.9 (0.93) 43.7 (1.38) 55.9 (1.96) 64.2 (2.45)
19-30 11.0 (0.98) 14.2 (1.04) 20.7 (1.15) 29.7 (1.28) 40.8 (1.55) 52.9 (1.94) 60.9 (2.27)
31-50 9.0 (0.63) 11.7 (0.64) 17.4 (0.65) 25.5 (0.65) 35.6 (0.79) 46.6 (1.16) 54.1 (1.48)
51-70 4.9 (0.39) 6.7 (0.44) 10.8 (0.52) 16.9 (0.64) 24.8 (0.89) 33.7 (1.23) 40.0 (1.58)
71+ 3.8 (0.34) 5.4 (0.37) 8.8 (0.37) 14.1 (0.33) 21.3 (0.41) 29.4 (0.70) 35.3 (0.97)
19+ 6.7 (0.41) 9.1 (0.44) 14.6 (0.45) 22.8 (0.48) 33.3 (0.65) 44.9 (1.04) 52.9 (1.37)
Females 9-13 7.5 (0.42) 9.7 (0.48) 14.4 (0.60) 21.2 (0.77) 29.8 (1.02) 39.1 (1.33) 45.4 (1.59)
14-18 8.4 (0.51) 10.9 (0.55) 16.0 (0.61) 23.2 (0.69) 32.2 (0.85) 42.2 (1.09) 49.1 (1.33)
19-30 8.0 (0.50) 10.4 (0.56) 15.3 (0.70) 22.3 (0.84) 31.2 (1.09) 40.8 (1.33) 47.3 (1.53)
31-50 5.5 (0.27) 7.3 (0.30) 11.3 (0.37) 17.1 (0.47) 24.6 (0.65) 33.0 (0.90) 38.6 (1.09)
51-70 3.5 (0.21) 4.9 (0.24) 8.0 (0.28) 12.6 (0.36) 18.9 (0.47) 26.0 (0.64) 31.1 (0.82)
71+ 3.1 (0.18) 4.4 (0.23) 7.3 (0.29) 11.7 (0.39) 17.7 (0.56) 24.4 (0.79) 29.3 (0.94)
19+ 4.6 (0.21) 6.3 (0.24) 10.2 (0.27) 16.2 (0.35) 24.1 (0.52) 33.0 (0.77) 39.4 (0.98)
All 1+ 5.7 (0.17) 7.8 (0.18) 12.4 (0.22) 19.5 (0.28) 29.1 (0.38) 40.1 (0.59) 47.8 (0.81)
*: Includes white, brown and raw sugar, syrup, honey, and molasses that were eaten separately or used as ingredients in processed or prepared foods such as breads, cakes, soft drinks, jams, and ice cream.
1: Standard error of the percentile.
2: One teaspoon of added sugars = the same amount of total sugars as 1 teaspoon (4 g) of table sugar (sucrose).

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Suggested citation for information contained on this page:

Usual Intake of Added Sugars. Epidemiology Research Program Web site. National Cancer Institute. http://epi.grants.cancer.gov/diet/usualintakes/pop/2001-04/added_sugars.html. Updated June 2, 2015. Accessed August 29, 2015.

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