Alcohol a Major Contributor of Empty Calories to the American Diet .


Adults in the U.S. consume an average of 100 calories from alcohol per day, according to a data brief from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.

Using data from NHANES 24-hour dietary recall interviews of adults from 2007 to 2010, researchers found that a third of men and 18% of women consume alcohol on a given day. Among the other findings:

  • People who regularly drink alcoholic beverages obtain about 16% of their total calories from alcohol. Dietary guidelines recommend that so-called empty calories (i.e., discretionary solid fats and added sugars) should comprise no more than 5 to 15% of a healthy diet.
  • People in the highest income categories consumed, on average, the most calories per day from alcohol.
  • Of all the demographic groups, men aged 20 to 39 years consumed the most calories (174) from alcoholic beverages.

Source: CDC

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