In a recent economic research service study,USDA has found that America’s sweet tooth might be on the decline. It is a shot in the arm for health advocates who want America to take “sugar menace” to its heart. America’s sugar tooth has been blamed for the increasing obesity and diabetes epidemic that is forcing the white house to rethink its healthcare bills.
In 2011, the average American bought just 130.5 pounds of sweeteners as opposed to the historic high of 151.3 pounds set in 1999. The total availability of corn sweeteners has fallen to just 62.2 pounds from the peak of 83.5 pounds in 1999. An economic survey is not necessarily a good indicator of health in the country but it does give us an indication of what America is shopping. The decrease could certainly be associated with increased awareness and an inclination towards healthier lifestyle choices.
In 2011, it was estimated that 25.8 million Americans are diabetic and the sad part is that 7 million don’t even know they have the disease.The link between obesity and diabetes has never been clearer.