USA: more water cuts children’s intake of sugary drinks

05 June 2019

A US study has found that one in five children and young people do not drink any water on a given day, and that this is associated with consuming extra sugar and calories from sweetened drinks.

The research, published in JAMA Pediatrics, analysed data from 8400 two- to 19-year-olds about what they had drank in the previous 24 hours: 20% did not drink water and consumed almost twice the calories from sweetened drinks compared to those who did drink water, exceeding the recommended 10% of total calories from added sugar.

The authors said: ‘Daily water intake may help reduce sugar-sweetened beverage-consumption and curb childhood obesity.’

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