Sugar-sweetened Beverage Consumption Among U.S. Adults, 2011-2014
Conference Authors:National Center For Health Statistics (U.S.)
Series:NCHS data brief ; 270
DHHS publication ; no. (PHS) 2017–1209
Description:Sugar-sweetened beverages are a major contributor of calories and added sugars to diets of U.S. adults (1). Studies have found that sugar-sweetened beverage consumption has been linked to weight gain, metabolic syndrome, dental caries, and type 2 diabetes in adults (2–4). The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend reducing added sugars consumption to less than 10% of total calories per day and, specifically, to choose beverages with no added sugars (1). This report presents results for consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages among U.S. adults aged 20 and over for 2011–2014 by sex, age, and race and Hispanic origin.
Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
Approximately one-half of U.S. adults consumed at least one sugar-sweetened beverage on a given day.
Men consumed an average 179 kilocalories (kcal) from sugar-sweetened beverages, which contributed 6.9% of total daily caloric intake. Women consumed an average 113 kcal from sugar-sweetened beverages, which contributed 6.1% of total caloric intake.
Young adults had the highest mean intake and percentage of daily calories from sugar- sweetened beverages relative to older adults.
Non-Hispanic Asian men and women consumed the least calories and the lowest percentage of total calories from sugar-sweetened beverages compared with non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, and Hispanic men and women.
Suggested citation: Rosinger A, Herrick K, Gahche J, Park S. Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among U.S. adults, 2011–2014. NCHS data brief, no 270. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2017.
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