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Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among U.S. adults, 2011-2014
  • Published Date:
    January 2017
  • Language:
    English
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  • Conference Authors:
    National Center For Health Statistics (U.S.)
  • 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.

    Key findings

    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.

    CS273441

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