Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Today's Beverages Interfere with Vitamin and Mineral Intake

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Today's Beverages Interfere with Vitamin and Mineral Intake

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Sugar-sweetened beverages might appear to be a cheap source of energy, but their costs may be higher than once thought.

Michael Finke and Laura Reynolds, researchers in the College of Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia, have found that consumption of sugared beverage reduces a person's ability to meet the daily recommended level of vitamins and minerals (A, E, C, [B.sub.6], [B.sub.12], thiamin, riboflavin, folate, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, niacin, phosphorus) by replacing the more healthful alternatives that typically contain these nutrients.

According to Mr. Finke, the proportion of sugar that individuals consume in their beverages is a strong predictor of whether they will be able to meet vitamin and mineral recommendations for their daily diets.

"One of the greatest changes we've seen in the American diet in the past 20 years is the type of beverages we choose to consume," he said. "For example, as recently as the 1970's, milk was consumed twice as much as soft drinks, but now our consumption of sugared beverages exceeds milk consumption. …

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