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Water, milk top soft drinks in what kids drink

October 08, 2018 Soft drinks accounted for almost 20 percent of total beverage consumption among kids in 2013-16 in the U.S., according to a September report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Water, meanwhile, accounted for 43.7 percent of total beverage consumption for kids 2-19 while milk accounted for 21.5 percent, juice 7.3 percent and other beverages 7.6 percent.

The report, using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, showed that the contribution of milk and 100 percent juice to total beverage consumption decreased with age, while the contribution of water and soft drinks increased with age.

Soft drinks accounted for the greatest proportion of total beverage consumption for non-Hispanic black youth (30.4 percent), followed by Hispanic (21.5 percent), non-Hispanic white (17.5 percent) and non-Hispanic Asian youth (8.8 percent).

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that water, fat-free and low-fat milk and 100 percent juice be the primary beverages consumed. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports this advice for youth, according to the CDC.

The ADA encourages dentists to stay abreast of the latest science-based nutrition recommendations and nutrition related screening, counseling and referral techniques. It also encourages collaborations with dietitians and other nutrition experts to raise interprofessional awareness about the relationship between diet, nutrition and oral health, according to an ADA House of Delegates resolution (Res. 60H-2016).

Dentists can refer patients to the ADA's consumer website,, for more information about nutrition and oral health during all stages of life.