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CDC Study: New data shows Americans drinking fewer sugar-sweetened beverages

Trends show decreases in number of calories consumed
By Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Jun 12, 2013

New data from CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) shows that over a 12-year period, youth and adults lowered their intake of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) by 68 and 45 calories per day respectively. The study is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and presents the most recent national data (1999 to 2010) on SSB consumption in the United States.

Researchers analyzed energy intake from SSBs among 22,367 children and adolescents ages 2-19 years and 29,133 adults age 20 years and older. SSBs included soda, fruit drinks, sports and energy drinks, sweetened coffee and tea, and other calorically sweetened beverages. Patterns of SSB consumption were also looked at, including location of consumption and meals associated with consumption.

The study reports a decrease in SSB consumption as measured during a 24-hour period—a finding not seen in previous trend analyses of SSB consumption using NHANES data. Other findings from the study include the following:

Decreases in SSB consumption were seen across a wide range of gender, age and race-ethnicities. This was seen among children, adolescents and adults and in non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks, and Mexican Americans. However, some groups, such as 40-59-year-olds, did not show significant declines.

Decreases in SSB consumption occurred both at home and away from home and were associated with both meal times and snack times.

There were decreases in calories from soda and fruit drinks. However, there were not decreases found for sports drinks/energy drinks.

This study gives new depth to the literature because it describes SSB consumption with meals and changes in consumption of soda, fruit drinks, sports and energy drinks, and sweetened coffee and tea.

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