Sugar-sweetened Beverage Consumption Among U.S. Youth, 2011-2014

NCHS Data Brief. 2017 Jan:(271):1-8.


Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey •Almost two-thirds of boys and girls consumed at least one sugar-sweetened beverage on a given day. •Boys consumed an average 164 kilocalories (kcal) from sugar-sweetened beverages, which contributed 7.3% of total daily caloric intake. Girls consumed an average 121 kcal from sugar-sweetened beverages, which contributed 7.2% of total daily caloric intake. •Among both boys and girls, older youth had the highest mean intake and percentage of daily calories from sugar-sweetened beverages relative to younger children. •Non-Hispanic Asian boys and girls consumed the least calories and the lowest percentage of total calories from sugar-sweetened beverages compared with non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, and Hispanic boys and girls. Sugar-sweetened beverages contribute calories and added sugars to the diets of U.S. children (1). Studies have suggested a link between the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and dental caries, weight gain, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in children (2-6). The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend reducing added sugars consumption to less than 10% of calories per day and, specifically, to choose beverages with no added sugars (1). This report presents results for consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages among U.S. youth aged 2-19 years for 2011-2014 by sex, age, and race and Hispanic origin.

Keywords: NHANES; National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey; calories kcal..

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Distribution
  • Asian / statistics & numerical data
  • Beverages / analysis
  • Beverages / statistics & numerical data*
  • Black or African American / statistics & numerical data
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dietary Sucrose / administration & dosage*
  • Dietary Sucrose / adverse effects
  • Energy Intake*
  • Ethnicity / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Hispanic or Latino / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nutrition Surveys
  • Sex Distribution
  • United States
  • White People / statistics & numerical data
  • Young Adult


  • Dietary Sucrose