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In a recent analysis, male teenagers were found to consume, from sugar drinks alone, more than double the U.S. government’s recommended daily limit for total added sugar in the diet.
In a recent analysis, male teenagers were found to consume, from sugar drinks alone, more than double the U.S. government’s recommended daily limit for total added sugar in the diet. These drinks included sweetened fruit drinks, energy and sports drinks, sodas, and sweetened waters. The data came from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 2005–2008.
The recommended daily limit for added sugars in all forms has been set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at 128 calories. Although 12- to 19-year-old males showed the highest consumption of sugar drinks, which provided an average daily intake of 273 calories, men in their 20s and 30s followed closely, with a mean intake of 252 calories from such drinks. Teenage girls consumed an average of 171 calories daily from sugar drinks, while women 20 to 39 years old obtained 138 calories from these sources. Interestingly, the daily averages from consumption of sugar drinks by people age 60 and older were only 70 and 42 calories for men and women, respectively.
Sugar drinks have been linked to poor diet quality, obesity, and, in adults, type 2 diabetes. The survey’s definition of sugar drinks did not include 100 percent fruit juices, flavored milks, or sweetened teas.
SOURCES: MedPage Today, September 1, 2011. www.medpagetoday.com
National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief No. 71, August 2011
Published in the Price-Pottenger Journal of Health and Healing
Winter 2011 – 2012 | Volume 35, Number 4
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