Thursday, January 26, 2017

Are you guys still drinking those sugary sodas?

Caitlin Dewey, Washington Post, January 26, 2017, says Americans are drifting back to slurping down sugary sodas.

For the last 10 years, consumption fell, but is now stalled above the recommended limit (CDC).

Children, in particular, should consume one soda or less a week to prevent harmful effects (obesity, diabetes, non-milk drinking), but two-thirds of kids drink it every day.

Every day!

But why is this happening? Could be that soda consumption is down, but the variety of teas, flavored water and so on substitutes to keep sugar slurping high?

Carbonated soda sales are down a little over half a percent, but sports drinks and bottled coffees are up 5% to 13%.

Men generally drink more soda than women do. Blacks, whites and Hispanics, drink more than twice the soda that Asians do.

Consumption increases through adolescence, then falls off later. Today's seniors are not soda fans, but they didn't drink much growing up. Will future seniors be different?

Another statistic: Ten percent of kids drink three or more sodas a day. That sure lets out juice, milk and water.

Would less marketing to kids and less availability in schools help? Probably somewhat. But we really need a culture change.

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