Consequences of Dietary Sugar Consumption: A Historical Perspective

Sugar intake first increased dramatically during the Industrial Revolution (1750-1900). Alongside this increase, rates of obesity, Type II diabetes, and metabolic disease have increased.

Today, an estimated 47% of all added sugar consumed by Americans comes from sugar-sweetened beverages, and 75% comes from sweetened drinks and snacks.

This brief 2019 article reviews the timeline and consequences of the dramatic increase in sugar consumption in the U.S. and Western world.


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