02/25/2014 05:47 pm ET Updated Feb 25, 2014

Surprise: American Sugar Consumption Is On The Decline

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It seems there’s always a new reminder of Americans’ poor eating habits. Michelle Obama today  introduced a proposal aimed at limiting the advertising of junk food to children in schools. And earlier this month, researchers alerted us that our massive sugar intakes are going to kill us all.

So it’s a pleasant surprise to learn that things are on the upswing. According to food availability data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans’ estimated consumption of sweeteners is nearly 14 percent lower than it was at its peak in 1999, when the average American consumed nearly 422 calories per day in sugar and other sweeteners.

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