CDC researchers found that water was the leading drink among US youths ages 2 to 19 between 2013 and 2016, accounting for nearly 44% of total beverage consumption, while milk accounted for 22% of total consumption. The findings in the agency’s NCHS Data Brief also showed higher water intake among Asians and whites, compared with Hispanics and blacks, while boys were less likely to drink water but more likely to drink milk than girls. Read more.
A new infographic from the Center for Science in the Public Interest and Voices for Healthy Kids Action Center tracks restaurant chain commitments to improve their drink offerings on children’s menus.
Thanks to the efforts of members of the Food Marketing Workgroup, six major national chains have removed sugary beverages from their kids’ menus. (These commitments are in addition to Panera and Subway, which never had sugary drinks on the kids’ menu.)
From our friends at Florida Hospital Center for Child and Family Wellness:
Do you know how much added sugar you are drinking from your drinks? If you drink one can of soda per day for 1 year you would take in a whopping 3,458 teaspoons of sugar total. That is almost 4 gallons of sugar in a year. Don’t forget about sports drinks, energy drinks, many types of teas and chocolate milk — all of which contain added sugar. Focus more on water and consider flavoring with sliced fruit or go with unsweetened tea or unflavored milk. Either way, it is best to work towards a less sweet state of mind.
American teens are turning their backs on soft drinks, says a new government survey that shows soda consumption among youth declined by almost a third in just two years.