Sugary Drinks – The Negative Health Story Continues

This is more like it – water instead of sugar-sweetened drinks. Even better from a cost standpoint would be drinking Philadelphia tap water.
This is more like it – water instead of sugar-sweetened drinks. Even better from a cost standpoint would be drinking Philadelphia tap water.

Consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks is decreasing among children in the U.S., according to new research. Efforts to decrease kids’ sugar-sweetened beverage consumption over the past decade are working according to Sara Bleich, professor of public health policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and senior author of the study per a November 21, 2019 U.S. News & World Report.*

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that children are still consuming too many sugary beverages, Dr. Bleich indicated. And the consumption of sweetened beverages decreased much less among children from poorer families than it did among children from more affluent families.

Even worse, Dr. Bleich added that an uptick in consumption of other beverages, such as sugary sports or energy drinks, may undercut the progress made in decreasing kids’ intake of soda and fruit drinks.

This article was adapted from a release by the Harvard T.H.Chan Medical school (Ted Behr)

*More U.S. Kids Are Shunning Sweetened Drinks

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