The U.S. Dietary Guidelines advise Americans to drink less sugary beverages. After a decade of lowered consumption of such beverages, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention released some statistics that showed the alarming increase of consumption that overpassed the recommended limits.
The statistics showed that both adults and children consume the same amount of calories from soda and sugary drinks as they did in 2009 and 2010. What is particularly alarming is the increased number of children that are fond of these beverages. The health officials recommend that children should consume sugary beverages once a week or even less, but a large number appear to consume them on a daily basis.
Americans seem to ignore the fact that sugary drinks cause obesity and diabetes and do not embrace a healthier diet. However, while figures show soda sales not so high on the scale, Americans seem to purchase more teas, flavored waters, or energy drinks that, too, contain large quantities of sugar.
The officials think that the changing of diets depends on the social status and level of education. On one hand, there are the people with higher levels of education and bigger income that were willing to make drastic changes in their diets. On the other hand, those more poorly educated showed to improvement whatsoever.
This brings the question of the efficiency of the methods that health officials use to reduce sugary beverages consumption. They are so concerned because these drinks are directly linked to diseases such as diabetes, obesity, or heart conditions. Let us take a look at how the figures changed over the years.
In 1999 and 2000, the average adult consumed 196 calories daily from such beverages. In 2009 and 2010, the number drastically decreased to 151. From 2011 to 2014, the decrease was not so relevant statistically (145 calories daily). For children, the figures are similar: 223 calories in 1999 compared to 155 in 2009. Since then, the number remained constant (143), which is still quite a lot.
Officials find this quite worrisome and are trying to convince the population to give up drinking soda. They find it necessary to lead a campaign similar to that against smoking or drunk driving. Some marketers even stopped selling sweetened drinks to children and are trying to persuade others to do the same.
It is vital for your health to give up on sugary beverages. If you find it too drastic of a change, the Dietary Guidelines advise that consumption of added sugars should not exceed 10 percent of an individual’s diet.
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