You probably already know that sugar consumption has enormously raised over the past two centuries. The media says that the percentage of sugar intake is higher than ever, it raises steeply and steadily. It’s not that difficult to believe these words especially for those who have sweet teeth. However, once I’ve decided to look for evidence and found out that actually sugar is in short supply today. Probably, we’ve got it all wrong about the “truth” of the sugar?

The most cited source in most blogs, social nets, and media sources, with this claim, is an article published in 2007 in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The author, John Yudkin, addresses the data on sugar supply per capita as far back as 1700. The research shows the dramatic increase in sugar consumption starting in around 1850 to the present. An interesting thing is that this data is based on the sugar supply in two different countries that are even located on two different continents – the UK and the USA. As you see, there is a big chance to misinterpret this statistic results as the data is quite distorted. It’s odd that modern sources address the statistics data published in 1972, it’s obvious that the picture of the sugar consumption has drastically changed for the past decades.


However, thanks to UK reliable sources we can restore the data on sugar consumption and get the correct figures. This data is based on the survey where real people say what they eat. Following the data mentioned in these food diaries, we can see a decent increase in sugar consumption at the end of 1950s and a noticeable decline in the 1970s.

Analyzing the UK statistic data the research shows that there has been a 13% decline in consumption of all sugars (table sugar, syrup, honey, cakes, buns, etc.) since the turn of the 21st century.

Today, the USA is considered to be the world’s largest per capita consumer of sugar, however, the data shows that the percentage of sugar consumption is currently on a par with 1985 levels, having fallen from a high in 1999.

Despite the fact that sugar consumption went down over the last years, the percentage of sugar intake is still too high. However, the statistic shows the positive movement which means that we are going the right way.