Study: Kids, adults consume less sugar-sweetened beverages

HYATTSVILLE, Md. — Researchers have found that both kids and adults are drinking fewer sugar-sweetened beverages, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The researchers' objective according to the abstract, was to examine trends among kids and adults in the U.S. and their consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. The study sampled 22,367 youths aged 2-19 years old and 29,133 adults aged 20 years old or older between 1999 and 2010. Researchers examined patterns of consumption, including location and the meal associated with consumption.

What they found was that between 2009-2010, the youth population consumed a mean average of 155 kilocalories of sugar-sweetened beverages per day, and adults consumed a mean average of 151 kcal/d. This was a decrease of 68 kcal/d and 45 kcal/d, respectively, between the 1999-2000 period.

The researchers also concluded a decrease in the sugar-sweetened beverage percentage of daily energy intake among both groups, as well as a decrease in consumption both in the home and away, and with both meals and snacks.

Sugar-sweetened beverages include soda, fruit drinks, sports and energy drinks, sweetened coffee and tea and others.

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