Today, half of population will have at least one sugar drink

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CDC on sugar drinks
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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows half of the population over age 2 consumes at least one sugar on any given day. Some groups drink more than others, adding calories to the diet and setting the stage for weight gain, obesity, empty calories that lead to consumption of nutritious foods and type 2 diabetes in adults.

Young adults, especially males drink the most sugar laden drinks, says CDC

According to the report, men drink more sugar laden drinks than females overall, with the highest consumption in general found among teens and young adults. Men age 12 to 19 drink the most sugary beverages.

Sugar drinks include sodas, energy and sports drinks and sweetened bottled water, which is also consistent with the definitions from the National Cancer Center.

The amount of sugar beverage intake was found to vary with age and ethnicity. Results of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report were obtained from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) that looks at quality of nutrition and health status of a cross-section of the U.S. population.

For the study, researchers asked consumers where they obtain drinks containing sugar. Most were found to be consumed at home and obtained from stores as opposed to restaurants or schools. The analysis comes from data obtained between 2005 and 2008. In 2010, U.S. dietary guidelines included limiting sugar in the diet, to include food and beverages.

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The amount of kcal – kilocalories, which represents the total amount of daily calories from drinks – was 175 kcal from sugar drinks on any given day for men, while females consume 94 kcal.

CDC's report on sugar drinks consumption also found racial differences in how many daily kilocalories come from sugar drinks. Non-Hispanic white adults drink fewer beverages with sugar than non-Hispanic black and Mexican-American adults. Lower income families drink more sugar daily than higher income counter parts according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Approximately 25 percent of the U.S.population takes in at least 200kcal on a given day from sodas, sports beverages and sugar sweetened water -the equivalent of more than one 12 ounce can of cola.

The group found to consume the least amount of sugar from drinks was the oldest females in the study at 42 kcal per day, compared to young men ages 12 to 19 who consume the highest amount at 273 kcal per day of total dietary calories.

According to the CDC report, consuming sugar from drinks has increased over the last 30 years in children and adults. The results show sugar beverages have become increasingly popular over time and are important from a public health perspective.

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Water is the best drink. Instead of spending money on sugar drinks we prefer spending money on fruits.
Fruit is great for hydration. Water is my favorite too.