A third of US kids drinking too much sugar

A third of US kids drinking too much sugar
Posted at 8:39 PM, Sep 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-08 17:45:22-04

(CNN) - U.S. dietary guidelines say sugar-sweetened beverages should be limited or removed from your diet.

But a recent study found that almost two-thirds of children in the United States consume at least one sugary beverage on any given day

About 30 percent consume two or more every day, despite health experts' recommendation that less than 10 percent of daily calories come from added sugars

The study was conducted by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

Researchers analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey about the consumption of sugary drinks like soda, some fruit drinks, sports and energy drinks and sweetened coffees and teas.

They found that more than 64 percent of boys under 19 and more than 61 percent of girls in the same age group drank at least one sugar-sweetened beverage every day.

The lead author of the study says that children who drank two or more sugar-sweetened beverages a day were getting more than 10 percent of their total daily calories from those drinks.

The American Beverage Association said in a statement that it has launched various initiatives to encourage healthy calorie intake among Americans.

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