The Agriculture Dept took 20 pounds of sugar out of the typical American diet and you didn't feel a thing did you? What a load of crap:
It was repeated so often it was accepted as true: the typical American consumed 95 to 100 pounds of sugar each year. Health experts said that consumption was surely contributing to a nationwide crisis ofobesity.
But in a move that has largely gone unnoticed, the Agriculture Department, keeper of the statistics on America’s sweet tooth, has employed new methodology that overnight shaved 20 pounds off its estimate and brought the number down to a precise 76.7 pounds. The decision raises questions about the entire notion of per-capita consumption just as the battles over sugar and sweeteners reach a peak.
Read: U.S. Cuts Estimate of Sugar Intake from The NYT.