August 3, 2009

Income, education tied to sugar usage

Americans with low income and education are particularly vulnerable to diets with high added sugars, U.S. researchers said.

Study investigators from the National Cancer Institute, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and Information Management Services analyzed responses to questions about added sugars using data from adults age 18 and older participating in the 2005 U.S. National Health Interview Survey. The study involved 30,000 Americans.

There were significant differences across race/ethnicity groups. Asian-Americans had the lowest intake of added sugars and Hispanics had the next lowest intake as measured within racial/ethnic categories, the researchers said.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, found that blacks had the highest intake of added sugar among men, although white and American Indian/Alaskan Native men were also high. Black women and American Indian/Alaskan Native women had the highest intake among women, the study said.