CALORIE CONSUMPTION

HFCS and Sugar Are Equal in Calories

Sugar and high fructose corn syrup both have the same number of calories as most carbohydrates; both contribute 4 calories per gram.1 Yet HFCS has been singled out in the media as the main cause of obesity even though there is no conclusive scientific evidence to support such allegations.

The fact is Americans are consuming more calories than ever. Since 1970, the average number of calories consumed by individuals in the United States has jumped by 505 calories, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.2

Where are all these added calories coming from? Major contributors to the calorie increase include 243 calories from added fats (48 percent increase) and 173 calories from flour and cereal products (34 percent increase). Added sugars account for 34 calories (7 percent increase) of the daily increase. As a proportion of total calories, added sugars decreased from 16 percent in 1970 to 14 percent in 2010. Added fats increased from 17 percent to 23 percent, and flour and cereal products increased from 21 percent to 23 percent of total calories.3

1. John S. White, “Fructose syrup: production, properties and applications,” in FW Schenck & RE Hebeda, eds., Starch Hydrolysis Products – Worldwide Technology, Production, and Applications, (VCH Publishers, Inc., 1992), 177-200.
2. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service. 2013. Average daily per capita calories from the U.S. food supply, adjusted for spoilage and other waste: 1970-2010. Loss-Adjusted Food Availability Data.
3. Ibid.

Source

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service. 2015. Average daily per capita calories from the U.S. food supply, adjusted for spoilage and other waste: 1970-2010. Loss-Adjusted Food Availability Data.

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