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Soda Back In Spotlight: Kids Drink Less, NYC Still Wants Ban

Sugary beverage consumption has gone down over the past decade, especially by children.

kid drinking orange soda

Photo: Andreas Brændhaugen (Flickr)

In 2010 children consumed about 155 calories of soda, fruit drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks and sugary coffees per day, down 68 calories from the previous decade.

Water, Please

A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that children were consuming less sugar in the form of sugary drinks in 2010 as compared to 2000. Soda consumption dropped the most — 45 calories a day for adults.

The demographic boasting the biggest reduction in sugary beverage consumption came from teenagers, who drank 84 calories less per day in 2010 than 2000.

As a whole, children under the age of 19 consumed about 155 calories of soda, fruit drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks and sugary coffees per day in 2010 — down 68 calories.

Big Apple’s Big Soda

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg initially proposed a ban on big sodas in the city a year ago, but the New York State Supreme Court ruled Bloomberg had overstepped his executive powers by skipping City Council and going straight for the board of health.

An appeals court heard the case Tuesday and will decide whether or not to reinstate the ban.

One thing is undeniable, according to New York City health commissioner Thomas A. Farley — sugary beverages are contributing to the rise in diabetes.

Farley issued a statement to Forbes explaining New York’s newest war on sugar — combating not just soda, but sugary beverages like sweet tea, energy drinks and sugar-sweetened juices.

He argues that New York’s proposed ban on large, sugary sodas can help combat diabetes by limiting the amount of soda offered in one sitting, allowing for consumers to adjust to portion control.

Read More:

  • Sugary drink consumption down among U.S. kids (Reuters)
  • Appeals court will consider blocked NYC soda ban on Tuesday (Yahoo! News)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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