This study aimed to describe the top 10 foods that contribute to added sugars intake in representative samples of urban populations in eight Latin American countries, and consider differences by country, sex, socioeconomic level (SEL), and age group. A household-based, multinational, cross-sectional survey was conducted in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela (N=9218; 15–65 years). Contributors to added sugars were identified and listed based on the percentage of contribution to total intake of this nutrient. Data were stratified by country, sex, SEL, and age group, and the grams per day compared. Except in Peru and in the 50 to 65 years age group, soft drinks were the leading contributor to added sugar intake. Homemade beverages together industrialized beverages have been a prominent position on ranking. In general, the highest intake of added sugars by industrialized beverages was from Argentina, and the lowest frequency of beverages as sources of added sugars was observed in Chile. Among the top 10 contributors, male sex had highest added sugar intake, except for sucrose and sweet cakes. Higher intakes of sugars from natural fruit juice and sucrose were observed in the lower SEL. The highest and lowest intakes in the age groups change according to the food source. In conclusion, sugar-sweetened beverages were main contributors to added sugar intake, and the intake vary with geographical location and sociodemographic factors.

Título traducido de la contribuciónMain foods with added sugars and their geographic and sociodemographic variation: Latin American study of nutrition and health (ELANS).
Idioma originalEspañol
Páginas (desde-hasta)164-177
Número de páginas14
PublicaciónArchivos Latinoamericanos de Nutricion
EstadoPublicada - 2021

Palabras clave

  • Cross-sectional study
  • Dietary intake
  • Food sources
  • Latin America
  • Nutrition
  • Sugar
  • Survey


Profundice en los temas de investigación de 'Principales alimentos con azúcares añadidos y su variación geográfica y sociodemográfica: estudio latinoamericano de nutrición y salud (ELANS)'. En conjunto forman una huella única.

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