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High-Calorie Sugary Beverages Are Linked To Increased Consumption Of Unhealthy Foods

March 12, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. researchers who gathered data from a seven-year study of 11,000 children ages two to 18 showed that sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) were associated with higher caloric intake generally, and higher caloric intake from unhealthy foods. Both food and SSBs contributed to higher caloric intakes of adolescents who consumed more than 500 kcal of SSBs a day. The findings are troubling because many foods associated with higher SSB consumption (e.g., pizza, cakes/cookies/pies, fried potatoes, and sweets) are also among the main sources of solid fats and added sugars.
Kevin C. Mathias et al., "Foods and Beverages Associated with Higher Intake of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages", American Journal of Preventive Medicine, March 12, 2013, © American Journal of Preventive Medicine
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