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Kids Drink Less Milk, More Soda as They Age

Friday, 20 Jul 2012 12:12 PM




Kids drink less milk and more sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda and fruit drinks with lower nutritional value, as they get older, new research has found.
But the study also suggested the trend is not because sugary beverages replace more nutritious drinks like milk in younger children's diets.
Ohio State University researchers, writing in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, said their findings are based on an analysis of the dietary habits of 7,445 students when they were in the fifth and eighth grades.
They found children's milk consumption decreased between the two grades, while their intake of sweetened beverages with low nutritional quality more than doubled.
"We found that children's milk consumption did decrease between 5th and 8th grade, but the changes weren't related to changes in their consumption of sweetened beverages," said lead investigator Reena Oza-Frank, an OSU child health specialist.
"In addition, regardless of how much sweetened beverages children consumed, milk and 100 percent fruit juice were complements in children's diets. Children increased or decreased their intake of both in tandem."
Specifically, the study found milk consumption fell the most among children who drank sweetened beverages daily; that group drank an average two fewer glasses of milk in the 8th grade than they had in the 5th grade.
But researchers also found children who increased their milk consumption over the three-year period also increased their juice intake, indicating that milk and juice are complements, not substitutes.
"It's important for [food and nutrition practitioners] to help children and families understand that caloric beverages, even those that are generally healthful, contribute to children's total calorie intake and must be moderated as a part of a healthy diet," said Oza-Frank.
The study was funded by the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development.

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