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Americans consuming more sweetened beverages, less milk and more calories than 20 years ago
Wednesday, September 29, 2004 6:39 am Email this article
Americans are consuming 135 percent more sweetened beverages, 38 percent less milk and 278 more calories than we did in 1977-1978 according to a new study.
This helps explain why American’s have become heavier in the last 20 years.
Calcium and Milk are associated with lower bodyweight
A number of recent studies have found that an increase in milk and calcium consumption are associated with lower bodyweight or greater weight loss.
High-fructose corn syrup
Recent studies have also suggested that
- high-fructose corn syrup in soft drinks may be responsible for the obesity epidemic;
- liquid calories such as those in soft drinks do not decrease appetite;
- fructose such as found in soft drinks and virtually all processed foods decrease the amount of fat that is burned when on a low calorie diet;
- high-fructose corn syrup increases calorie intake, raises insulin levels; and
- fructose may increases appetite.
Nielsen S, Popkin B. Changes in beverage intake between 1977 and 2001. Am J Prev Med. 2004 Oct, 27(3):205-10.
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Department of Nutrition
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
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