The number one source of added sugar for Americans, providing 47 percent of the sugar in their diet, is sweetened beverages — items such as soda, lemonade, fruit punch and energy drinks. Fruit provides one percent of the added sugars Americans consume. (Note: Health advice to limit “added sugar” does not apply to the natural sugar in fruit). Even if Americans met their daily fruit intake — and 88 percent do not — it wouldn’t come close to the volume of sugar we get from ultra-processed foods and beverages. Since fruit only provides one percent of the added sugars Americans consume, cut back on sugar by swapping sweetened beverages for water. Keep enjoying fruit, and aim for one or two cups per day.
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