How much sugar do Americans really eat? Not as much as reported. Using information from a 2001 report1 as illustration, a general statement like "Americans consume more than 150 pounds of sugar in a year" is not only thoroughly misleading, it is completely wrong. Such false assertions perpetuate the myth that "Americans eat too much sugar." As you will see later, the average American consumes no more than 1.6 ounces of sugar per day.