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NewsBites May 2016 Issue

Sugary Drink Frequency Drops

More evidence that Americans are getting the message about the negatives of added sugars in liquid form comes from a report showing a sharp drop in the percentage of adults drinking at least one sugar-sweetened beverage a day. The new CDC report used data from the 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System telephone survey. It found that 30% of Americans said they drink at least one sugary beverage daily, compared to 51% in 2009-2010. Among the 23 states plus the District of Columbia that were studied, the highest sugary beverage consumption was in Oklahoma (66.4%) and West Virginia (63.8%). Vermonters were the least likely to sip sugary beverages (18%). Nationwide, intake was higher among young adults ages 18-24, at 43%, than older Americans (19% among those age 55 and older). Researchers cautioned that the findings relied on self-reported data and measured only frequency of sugary-drink intake, not volume.

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