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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

US Teens, Young Men Way Over Limit on Sugary Drinks

Way over.
About half of the U.S. population drinks a sugar-sweetened beverage on any given day, with teenagers and young men consuming way more than recommended limits for staying healthy.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention interviewed 17,000 Americans about their diets. The average male in the survey consumed 175 calories in a day from drinks containing added sugar, while the typical female consumed 94 calories from such drinks.

Boys aged 12 to 19 consumed 273 calories a day from sugar-sweetened drinks, or the equivalent of about two 12-ounce cans of carbonated cola -- more than any other group. Men aged 20 to 39 consumed 252 calories a day from beverages containing added sugar, the second-highest amount.

The American Heart Association recommends getting no more than 450 calories a week from sugar-sweetened beverages, or less than three cans of soda. Sugary drinks have been linked to weight gain, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
This is the same type of foolishness as one needing 8 hours of sleep or one must study 3 hours per day to get smart.

There are no fixed rules in these games.

There are fantasies, such as the 5-a-day hoax, perpetrated to control the public.

They are not even good enough to be considered guidelines.

If you want to eat healthily, eat to achieve a BMI of between 18.5 and 24.9.


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