NCHS: About half of population consumes sugar drinks on any given day

WASHINGTON — A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sheds light on sugar drink consumption habits among the U.S. population.

Analyzing data collected from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which was conducted from 2005 and 2008, the NCHS researchers found that about 50% of the population, ages 2 years and older, consumes sugar drinks on any given day. The prevalence, however, is higher among those ages 2 to 19 years, versus those ages 20 years and older. What's more, about 5% of the population was recorded as consuming as much as four 12-oz. cans of cola on any given day.

The survey also found that males consumed significantly more sugar drinks on any given day, compared with their female counterparts (175 kcal vs. 94 kcal), as did low-income individuals, compared with those living at or above 350% of the poverty line.

Sugar drinks included in the analysis were fruit drinks, sodas, energy drinks, sports drinks and sweetened bottled waters, consistent with definitions reported by the National Cancer Institute, the researchers noted. Sugar drinks do not include 100% fruit juice, flavored milks and sweetened teas.

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