Kids, Adults Can't Put Down Those Sugary Drinks
In spite of all the warnings about health risks associated with a diet high in sugar—type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and more—Americans are still drinking too much soda. According to recent reports, about two-thirds of children and teens and half of adults reported drinking at least one sugar-sweetened beverage a day from 2011 to 2014.
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend restricting added sugars to no more than ten percent of total calories per day, and eliminating sugary drinks from the diet. These new reports suggest the amount of added sugar consumed in drinks alone comes close to the recommended limit.
According to researchers, sugary drink intake increases with age in children—teens drink the most—but decreases with age in adults. Adults between the ages of 20 and 39 have the highest intake of sugary drinks.
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