The main reason for the decline, about two-thirds of this decrease, is due to people drinking fewer sugar-sweetened sodas. “We were surprised to see that there was a substantial reduction over the years,” study researcher Dr. Jean Welsh, of Emory University in Atlanta, told Reuters.
However, consuming less sugar doesn’t necessary mean a low average. The American Heart Association states that Americans consume the equivalent of 22 teaspoons of sugar a day, with teens consuming 34, when women should only be getting 6 teaspoons of sugar a day, while men should only be getting 9.
The easiest way to cut the sugar is eliminating, or at least reducing, the sugar-sweetened soft drink intake. Drinking sugary drinks has been linked not just to obesity but also to cavities, weakening of bones, and may increase risk of stroke and ischemic heart disease. If you really can’t stop drinking sodas, look for alternatives such as natural sodas with zero calories and zero sugar.