1 / 2 of Americans Drink Sugary Drinks Daily


According to a different Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, nearly half of the US population consumes sugar drinks on any given day, with teenagers eating sugar drinks than any other age bracket.

The drinks the CDC considers sugar drinks are fresh fruit juices, sodas, energy drinks, sports drinks, and sweetened bottled waters. Sugar drinks do not include diet drinks, 100% fruit juice, sweetened teas and flavored milks.

According to the CDC report, males drink typically 175 kcal from sugar drinks on any given day, while females consume 94 Kcal. The report shows that males consume more sweet beverages except in the 2-5 years old category.

Consumption from the beverages peaks in the 12-19 years old demographic and then declines into senior years. The audience with the highest use of sweet beverages is the 12-19 year old males who consume 273 kcal per day, as the group with the lowest consumption rate is the oldest females in the 60 and also over category, having a consumption of 42 kcal daily.

The CDC report suggests that there are racial differences in the consumption habits of sugary drinks. The information implies that non-Hispanic black children consume 8.5% of the diet in sweet beverages, while non-Hispanic whites consume 7.7% and Mexican American consume 7.4%.

In the 20 and also over category, non-Hispanic blacks again lead in daily consumption with 8.6% of their daily dietary intake as sugary beverages while Mexican American´s consume 8.2% and Non-Hispanic Whites only consume 5.3% of their daily dietary intake as sugary drinks.

In reaction to the report, some cities are encouraging their citizens to lower their use of sugary drinks. Based on Reuters, the city health departments from La, Boston, Philadelphia, San Antonio and Seattle announced plans for any campaign to encourage cutting down on sugary beverages.

Michael Jacobson, executive director of the nonprofit Center for Science within the Public Interest (CSPI) told Reuters, “We´re concerned about sugary drinks because they are the only real foods and beverages which have directly been linked to obesity…Reducing their consumption is the perfect place to start to lessen the epidemic.”

The American Beverage Association, in dispute from the report´s findings told ABC News, “Contrary to what might be implied by the introductory statement of the data brief that will reach back 3 decades, sugar-sweetened beverages aren’t driving health problems like obesity. Based on an analysis of federal government data presented to this years Dietary Guidelines, all sugar-sweetened beverages…take into account only 7 percent of the calories in the average American´s diet.”

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