Processed Foods Ingredients

by | Nov 6, 2023 | Nutrition

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What is the most common processed food ingredient in the diets of Americans?   

Answer:

There are many manufactured ingredients found in processed food, but these three are at or near the top of the list in terms of quantity:

  • Sugar
  • High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
  • Flour

Here are the numbers:

The average American consumes almost 152 pounds of sugar in one year. 1

In 2019, the average American consumed about 37 pounds of HFCS. 2

In 2021, the average US resident consumed about 130 pounds of flour. 3

The winner is sugar. If you want to know who the loser is, here’s something to think about: Americans on average consume a total of 320 pounds of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and flour every year, which is pretty close to a pound a day. And excess amounts of these particular ingredients are stored in the body as fat.

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