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Percent of calories from beverages nearly doubled from 1965 to 2002 from 11.8% to 21%
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The percentage of calories from beverages among Americans nearly doubled from 1965 to 2002 as follows:
- 11.8% in 1965
- 14.2% in 1977
- 18.5% in 1988
- 21.0% in 2002
222 more calories per day from beverages
“[T]his represents an overall increase of 222 calories per person per day from beverages, resulting largely from increased intake of calorically sweetened beverages,” the authors of the paper noted.
“Beverage patterns in 2002 were more complex than in 1977 and were dominated by a greater number of beverages, reflecting the increase in alcohol, soda, and diet beverages.”
Conclusion: Calories from beverages have increases substantially
“Calories from beverages increased substantially from 1965 to 2002, providing a considerable source of daily calories,” the authors of the paper concluded.
“Given the upward trends in calorically sweetened, nutrient-deficient beverages and the shifts in overall beverage patterns, addressing beverage intake is a salient issue for adults.”
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Duffey K, Popkin B. Shifts in patterns and consumption of beverages between 1965 and 2002. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2007 Nov, 15(11):2739-47.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Barry M. Popkin
Department of Nutrition
Carolina Population Center
University of North Carolina
123 W. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516-3997 USA
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