Soft Drinks Account for One-Fifth of Youth Beverage Consumption

Together, water and milk make up about 65% of total US youth beverage consumption.
Together, water and milk make up about 65% of total US youth beverage consumption.

HealthDay News — Despite dietary recommendations, soft drinks make up about one-fifth of total beverage consumption by US youth, according to a September data brief published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

Kirsten A. Herrick, Ph.D., from the NCHS in Hyattsville, Maryland, and colleagues used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to understand and describe the contribution of different beverage types to total beverage consumption among US youth from 2013 to 2016. 

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The researchers found that water accounted for 43.7% of total beverage consumption among US youth, followed by milk (21.5%), soft drinks (19.9%), 100% juice (7.3%), and other beverages (7.6%). The contribution of water and soft drinks to total consumption increased with youth age, while the contribution of milk and 100% juice decreased with age. The contribution of soft drinks to total beverage consumption was higher among non-Hispanic black youth (30.4%) vs Hispanic (21.5%), non-Hispanic white (17.5%), and non-Hispanic Asian (8.8%) youth.

"Beverage choices can impact diet quality and total calorie intake," the authors write.

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