Sugary drink consumption down among American youth and adults

Published Jun 20, 2013 at 05:00AM

Americans are drinking less of sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda and fruit drinks, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in May. Researchers surveyed more than 22,300 youth and adults between 1999-00 and 2009-10 and found that they appear to be drinking less of it.

American youth and adults lowered their intake of sugar-sweetened beverages by 68 and 45 calories per day respectively over the duration of the study. Surveys showed decreases in calories from soda and fruit drinks but not for sports drinks and energy drinks.

The information, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, showed the decreases across a wide range of sex, age and race. However, some groups, such as 40- to 59-year-olds, did not show significant declines.

— Anne Aurand, The Bulletin

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