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Portion size: Sugar in coffee/tea, on foods

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For sample adults, SUGARSIZ reports the respondent's average portion size (small, medium, or large) when having sugar in coffee or tea, or on cereal in a specified time period. A medium portion was defined as 2 teaspoons. Researchers may wish to use SUGARSIZ in conjunction with SUGARNO, which reports the frequency with which the respondent had sugar in coffee or tea or on cereal, and SUGARTP, which reports the corresponding time unit.

SUGARSIZ is part of a series of variables initiated in 1987 related to food, food knowledge, and cancer. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


Changes in survey design (e.g., quarters in which the supplement was collected) may affect raw frequencies, but do not affect comparability of the variable. As always, data users should use the prescribed IHIS weights.


  • 1987: Half of sample persons age 18+ (excluded from CACT supplement) who consumed sugar during the past year.
  • 1992: Half of sample persons age 18+ in quarters 1 and 2 and 2 weeks in quarter 3 (excluded from CACT supplement) who consumed sugar during the past year.


  • 1987, 1992