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Sugar-Sweetened Sodas, Fruit Drinks Not Tied To Drop In Milk Consumption Among Kids

July 22, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Although children in the U.S. are drinking less milk these days, a new study finds the drop in consumption is not related to the steep increase in drinking low-nutrition sugary drinks. Milk drinking dropped between 5th and 8th grade, according to researchers who studied the long-term dietary habits of 7,445 students who were kindergartners in a 1998 -1999. Among the same group, consumption of sugary sodas and flavored fruit drinks doubled. But the researchers noted that changes in children's milk and 100-percent-juice consumption were not significantly related to changes in their consumption of sweetened beverages over time. The conclusion? Sweetened beverages did not replace other caloric beverages in children's diets.
Reena Oza-Frank et al., "Beverage Displacement between Elementary and Middle School, 2004-2007", Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, July 22, 2012, © Elsevier B.V.
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