The Sugar Association says more than half of Americans eat more than three times the recommended daily intake of sugar, and more than 70% say they have sugar cravings.
In a report released Tuesday, the group says sugar consumption is increasing in a number of categories, including in processed foods and beverages, and among children, young adults and people with chronic conditions, including diabetes.
Sugar consumption is the most common category in the report, and it’s up 15% year-over-year in 2017.
It’s up almost 19% in 2018.
Slight increases are also seen in high-fructose corn syrup and fruit juice, as well as in soft drinks and snacks.
Sugary beverages are the biggest increase, with the average sugar-sweetened beverage being up by 18% in 2017 and 22% in 2019.
Slices of ice cream are also up more than 9%.
The report is based on a survey of 2,600 adults, including about 1,000 who said they were current sugar consumers, as of March 2018.
The numbers also include a national sample of 1,300 adults who said that they have consumed sugar in the past month.
The sugar consumption figures are up across all demographic groups, with younger people consuming more sugar than older adults.
For example, the percentage of people ages 18 to 24 who said their sugar consumption was up by at least 10% in the previous year was up 18%.
For adults who say they consume more than 10% of their calories from sugar, it’s a different story.
The average adult who says they consume sugar in a given month had consumed more than 25g of sugar in 2017, up from 21g in 2016.
The average adult consuming more than 15g in 2017 also had consumed at least 2.5 teaspoons of sugar a day.
About three in five adults who have been a sugar coder or who have sugar-cravings said they’re more likely to binge on sugar once they are addicted to sugar.
The group says the majority of sugar cods say they don’t eat sugar as often because they’re too busy to do it, but there are a few who do.
The Sugar Association’s CEO, Amy Harder, says she doesn’t see people bingeing on sugar as a big deal, because they can find ways to get sugar they don,t want.
For example, she said, a sugar addict might have a few grams of sugar per day but a sugar-free diet may not.
And if they have some sugar craving, they can use it as a sugar substitute or eat a diet high in whole fruit.