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Sources of Beverage Intakes among the US Population, 2005–06


The purpose of this research was to identify the sources of beverage intake in the US population age 2 and older.

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We used the 2005–06 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to determine the contribution of specific beverages to total beverage intake. The beverage categories included whole milk; reduced fat milk; skim milk; vegetable juice; 100% orange/grapefruit juice; 100% fruit juice, not orange/grapefruit juice; regular fruit drink; low calorie fruit drink; regular soda; low calorie soda; milk substitute and evaporated milk; alcoholic beverages; coffee; and tea.

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Distribution of Intake (grams) across Beverage Types

Distribution of Intake (calories) across Beverage Types

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The mean contribution (in teaspoons) represents the average per capita. For example, all persons age 2 and older consume an average of 7.5 teaspoons of added sugars from soda/energy/sports drinks per day. If the analysis was restricted to only those people who reported drinking such beverages on a given day, average added sugars intake from those beverages would be higher.

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Suggested Citation

Suggested citation for information contained on this page:

Sources of Beverage Intakes among the US Population, 2005–06. Applied Research Program Web site. National Cancer Institute. Updated April 11, 2014. Accessed May 1, 2016.

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Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014