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Last year, Americans spent nearly $1.5billion on children's fruit drinks and flavored waters - and none of them are healthy, a new report says.
Researchers from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut, looked at 34 of the top-selling sweetened drinks marketed to kids.
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They found that none of them meet the nutritional recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Most of the sweetened drinks contained no more than five percent of juice and almost as much added sugar as children should have in a day.
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With obesity rates at 18.5 percent among children and teens between ages two and 19, and continuing to rise, the team hopes that parents can become more informed about the drinks their kids are consuming to help curb the growing epidemic.
For the report, titled Children's Drink FACTS 2019, researchers looked at the top-selling brands of drinks marketed primarily to children.
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This included 34 sweetened drinks - such as fruit drinks, flavored waters, and drink mixes - and 33 drinks without added sweeteners including 100 percent juice, juice-water blends and sparkling water.
The team looked at the drinks' nutritional contents, sales, advertising spending and product packaging.
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According to the report, fruit drinks and flavored waters with added sugars made up 62 percent of total children's drink sales in 2018.
Sugar-sweetened children's fruit drinks contained no more than five percent of juice, yet 80 percent of the packages had of fruits and vegetables.
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And one-third of the sweetened drinks had 16 grams or more of sugar in one serving.
That's the equivalent of four teaspoons, more than half of the amount of added sugars experts recommend for children in one day.
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