Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Free sugar is what's called any sugar added to a food or drink. A global public health priority is reducing consumption of monosaccharides and disaccharides added to foods and beverages by the manufacturer. High rates of overweight and obesity are the main reasons. An Australian study recruited 3430 participants to find out the consumption pattern of widely available pre-packed non-alcohol beverages. It was reported that 13.6% participants had at least one drink a day on average. Fruit juices were found to be the most prevalent (38.8%), followed by bottled water (37.4%) and soda (28.9%). Young adults also consumpted each drink type substantially higher on regular basis. These trends indicate that artificially-sweetened beverages have more impact on weight, making these beverages a poor choice relative to water.