How many teaspoons of sugar do we eat?

17 August 2015

New research shows New Zealanders are not consuming as much sugar as is frequently claimed.

The Sugar Research Advisory Service says there are frequent claims in the news media that we’re eating 40 teaspoons a day. But they say national surveys find that the average adult total sugars intake is approximately 28 teaspoons a day (115g) in Australia and 26 teaspoons (109g) in New Zealand – around 20% of total energy.

The surveys show that about half of this consumption is naturally occurring sugars and half is added, so the real figure for added sugar is closer to 14 teaspoons, not 40. These figures for added sugars represent about 10% of total energy, which is the limit recommended by the World Health Organisation.

See the Sugar Research Advisory Service report here.