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Trends in sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among youth and adults in the United States: 1999–2010

Posted on May 31, 2013

(As featured in Reuters) The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has done research observing the trends of sugar consumption among youths over the past decade. The results: a decrease in SSB consumption among youth and adults in the United States was observed between 1999 and 2010.

Analysis shows that both children and adults are drinking less sugar at meals and at snack time. Raised concern about sugary drinks and foods being tied to type-2 diabetes has been an area of serious concern among doctors and nutritionists over the past decade.

The researchers categorized regular soda, fruit drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks and sugar-sweetened coffees or teas as "sugary drinks." Drinks containing only no-calorie artificial sweeteners were not included.

In 2010, kids ages 2 to 19 got about 155 calories per day from sugary drinks, down 68 calories from the year 2000. Adults took in an average of 151 sugary-drink calories per day, down 45 calories compared to the beginning of the decade[.]

Soda consumption declined the most, by 67 calories per day for kids. Sports and energy drinks actually went up over the same time period, but in 2010 they still contributed an average of only 10 calories daily for kids[.]

By studying and analyzing the consumption of sugars among youths, scientists and nutritionists can better understand how sugary foods and drinks negatively affect youngsters.

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