19 September 11 The Liquid Culprit: Sugary Drink Consumption Stats Released

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released America's 'report card' for sugary drink consumption, and sufficed to say we need study harder. The CDC found that half the population age 2 and older drink a sugary beverage (soda, sweetened bottled water, sports and energy drinks and non-100%-fruit drinks) every day. This is despite the American Heart Association's recommendation that people limit their sugary drink consumption to no more than three drinks a week.

In fact, a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association, Rachel Johnson, says that sugar drinks account for the No. 1 single source of calories in the American diet and they also account for half of all the added sugars people consume.

The report found that one-quarter of Americans drink 200 calories a day - that's 1,400 calories a week or the equivalent of 20 pounds of fat a year calories-wise!

Additionally, it seems that the worst offenders for sugary drink consumption are only getting worse. The CDC found that 5% of Americans consume more than four cans of soda every day. That's one out of 20 people drinking, on average, 600 or more calories a day.

So who is drinking the highest number of sugary drinks? According to the CDC, men drink more sugary drinks than woman, and minorities and low-income individuals drink more than do white adults and those with higher incomes.

But perhaps the most alarming demographic of repeat-sugary-offenders is males age 2-19. The report shows that 70% of these individuals consume a sugary drink every day. But it's not school or daycare to blame. The report also shows that only 1.4 percent of the calories consumed from sugary drinks in this demographic are obtained at school or daycare. So it's suggesting that it's the parents who can primarily control the amount of calories these young boys are drinking.

Research has shown that drinking sugary drinks can lead to greater overall calorie consumption and can increase the risks for obesity and Type II diabetes in adults.

As a healthy alternative, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends "sparking" up water with lemon, lime or orange for natural flavoring. There are also low-calorie add-ins for water, such as G2 or Crystal Light. Diet soda, however, is not the answer, as they are being considered for their relation to increased risk of stroke or heart attack and possible decreased calcium absorption in women.

Ryan Newhouse

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