Harvard Health Letter

Added sweeteners

Are high-fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners fueling the American obesity epidemic?

Americans have quite the sweet tooth. Our annual consumption of sweeteners has climbed sharply since 1980, peaking in the late 1990s. Sweetener intake has dropped a little since then, but it's still high — about 100 pounds annually per person.

During these same years, many more Americans — particularly children — have become overweight and obese. Added sweeteners may be one of the major reasons.

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