Water is Top Kids’ Beverage in U.S.

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.

Infographic: Progress Towards Healthier Beverages for Children

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.)

Soda Sugar Math

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.

U.S. Teens Less Sweet on Soft Drinks

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.

Instead, bottled water has become the drink of choice for many, the researchers found.

“Over the past 15 years, a great deal of research has demonstrated that sugar drinks promote weight gain and obesity, diabetes and heart disease,” explained Michael Jacobson, president of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. “That evidence has fueled campaigns to reduce consumption.”

These efforts have led to sugary drinks being banned from schools, government agencies reducing or eliminating sugar-sweetened beverages from cafeterias and vending machines, and adoption of sales taxes on sugary drinks, said Jacobson, who was not involved in the survey.

Even the beverage industry has joined up. In 2014, the three largest soda companies — Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group — pledged to cut the amount of calories that Americans get from sugary drinks by one-fifth over the coming decade.

The government survey, conducted recently by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, revealed that in 2015:

  • 20 percent of students reported drinking a sugar-sweetened beverage one or more times per day during the previous week, down from 27 percent in 2013 and 34 percent in 2007.
  • 26 percent of teens said they had not consumed any sugary soda at all in the previous seven days, up from 22 percent in 2013 and about 19 percent in 2007.

Public campaigns appear to be convincing kids that they shouldn’t guzzle soda loaded with empty calories, experts said.

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Source:  Health Finder