From the June issue of Pediatrics, the peer-reviewed, scientific journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics ... comes a warning about the number of calories children take in from sugar-sweetened drinks and fruit juices.
"As of 2004, children ages 2 to 19 were consuming 10 percent to 15 percent of their total calories from sugar-sweetened beverages and 100 percent fruit juices.
The study “Increasing Caloric Contribution From Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and 100% Fruit Juices Among U.S. Children and Adolescents, 1988-2004,” compared data from two time periods: 1988 to 1994, and 1999 to 2004.
In the more recent time period, children ages 6 to 11 consumed approximately 20 percent more calories from these beverages than in the earlier years. From 1999 to 2004, 3 percent fewer children age 2-5 drank milk on a given day, and children in this age group consumed 30 calories more on a daily basis from sweetened beverages and juice.
Most consumption of these beverages across all ages occurred at home, with 7 percent to 15 percent of consumption occurring in schools.
Experts recommend no more than 8 to 12 ounces of these beverages per day for children ages 7 to 18, and only 4 to 6 ounces for younger children. During the time period from 1999 to 2004, children’s average consumption was 25 ounces per day. Mounting evidence supports limiting intake of calories from these beverages to promote optimal energy balance. "
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