This chart documents the average sugar consumption by US citizens since 1820. As one can see the passage of time has been very good for the sugar industry in the United States. This is due in part to the industrial revolution and how it has affected society’s ability to have access to cheap and plentiful sugar. However, coinciding with the increased accessibility of sugar to the general populace a shift in the food culture of The United States has taken place. The food culture of America over the past couple hundred years has steadily shifted towards favoring sugar and sweetness over most else. What does this have to say about America over this time period? It is my opinion that this shift reflects a change in the mindset and economic means of much of the country. First off the growth of sugar consumption seems to directly correlate between the economic growth of the country. For example sugar consumption has a temporary peak during the Roaring 20’s but then falls during the great depression and WWII. While part of this shift is economics another side of it is the indulgent attitude of much of America’s population. In the 1800’s the options of sweet things to eat were limited, but now they are almost endless. America’s “sweet” food culture has changed drastically since the 1800’s into something that everyone can indulge in whenever they want. It is partly this constant accessibility and affordability of sweet things that has lead America to have the obesity problem it does, and this trend does not seem to be going away any time soon.