Monday, August 10, 2015
Where does US stand on slurping down sugary drinks?
My daughter brought me a Coke the other day--I realized I had not had one for six months or more. It wasn't a big woo.
Some scientists at Tufts reported in PLOS ONE that of the three beverages--sugar-sweetened drinks, fruit juices and milk--consumption of all three was lowest in East Asia and the consumption of the sugar-sweetened ones highest in the Caribbean.
The younger adults tended more to the sugar-sweetened stuff, the older adults toward milk.
OK--on sugar-sweetened drinks:
--Globally, highest in men 20-39---more than an 8 oz serving a day.
--Women over 60--a third of an 8 oz serving a day.
--In the Caribbean, for both, more than 2 servings a day.
--East Asia--a fifth of a serving a day.
--Highest in women, a fifth of an 8 oz serving a day
--Consumption went up by income level
--In the US, adults drank a fifth of a serving a day--21st out of 185 countries
Women over 60--2/3s of a serving a day
Men 20-39--half a serving
--Wealthier countries--more milk consumed
--In the US--2/3 of a serving--64th out of 187 countries
So? I see people in wealthier countries able to afford more milk and juice.
Is this interesting? Give me another Coke and I will think about it. For one thing, I bet the sugar-sweetened Caribbean drinks contain some rum...