r/Health – On any given day, 1 in 5 American youngsters don’t drink any water at all, finds a new study of US children and young adults in JAMA Pediatrics, and those who don’t end up consuming almost twice as many calories from sugar-sweetened beverages. “Drinking water is the healthiest beverage to drink”.

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On any given day, 1 in 5 American youngsters don’t drink any water at all, a new survey shows.

And those who don’t end up consuming almost twice as many calories from sugar-sweetened beverages.

“Drinking water is the healthiest beverage to drink,” said study author Asher Rosinger, director of the Water, Health and Nutrition Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University.

Journal Reference:

Rosinger AY, Bethancourt H, Francis LA.

Association of Caloric Intake From Sugar-Sweetened Beverages With Water Intake Among US Children and Young Adults in the 2011-2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

JAMA Pediatrics. Published online April 22, 2019.

doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.0693

Link: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/article-abstract/2731125

Abstract

Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) add empty calories to children’s diets1 and may increase the risk of weight gain, obesity, and diabetes.2 Substituting water for SSBs may reduce total energy intake.3 Furthermore, school-based interventions to displace SSBs by increasing water access were associated with decreased body mass index.4 However, how water consumption in daily life is associated with children’s caloric intake from SSBs is unclear. We examined whether the number of calories and percentage of total energy intake from SSBs differs among US children by water intake status on a given day.

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