Hold The Cream
An increased daily intake of 150 to 300 calories has occurred, with approximately 50 percent of the calories coming from the consumption of calorically sweetened beverages, says the Beverage Guidance Panel in a report published in the March American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The group said the energy intake from beverages currently represents 21 percent of the total intake for Americans older than 2. Between 1977 and 2001, the proportion of energy obtained from calorically sweetened soft drinks and fruit drinks (not fruit juice), has tripled from 2.8 percent to 7 percent, along with a reduction in milk intake, the report says. Portion sizes have increased from 13.4 ounces to 21 ounces, and daily servings have increased from 1.96 to 2.39.