Top ten sources
Ten sources accounted for approximately 85% of total sugar intake (Table 2). Almost half (44%) the average daily sugar intake of children and adolescents came from beverages, specifically milk (20% at ages 1 to 8; 14% at ages 9 to 18), fruit juice (15% and 9%), regular soft drinks (4% and 14%), and fruit drinks (6% and 7%). Milk was the primary source of sugar among children aged 1 to 8, but by ages 9 to 18, regular soft drinks ranked first. Beverages accounted for 35% of adults’ daily sugar intake. Fruit also ranked high as a source of sugar: 15% for children and 17% for adults; apples and bananas were the most popular (data not shown). The percentage of sugar derived from confectionary items (for instance, chocolate bars, candies) was about twice as high for children (9%) and adolescents (10%) as for adults (5%).
MILK! is one of the main sources. Did you know that? And by the way, the lower the fat the milk, the higher the relative amount of sugar in the milk. Then good old healthy juice! Pop and fruit follow.
But fruit is good for us right? Eat an heirloom variety of apple and you will then understand how modern plant breedig has made our fruit so much sweeter. Today's fruit is not the fruit of 50 years ago. Had a grapefruit recently?
None of this study looks at how HFCS is added to nearly every item of processed food. My sense is that these are low numbers compared to what we really consume.