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A new study published in the medical journal The Lancet has found that Americans are no longer the biggest consumers of sugary drinks. It said that sales of sugary drinks in the US have declined since 2000, when we had a honor of the top spot, but thankfully by 2014, we dropped to third place for highest per-capita sugary drink consumption. Chileans are now the biggest consumers of sugary drinks and China, Thailand and Brazil have also seen a rise in sales. Barry Popkin and Corinna Hawkes, authors of the report, also said that consumption of fruit drinks was growing in Asia.

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Popkin and Hawkes compiled sales data from Euromonitor to look at global consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. Governments around the world are working to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks through taxation policies and public-awareness campaigns to restricting sales in schools.

Sugar Is Fat

The researchers compared different countries measures to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks say that only Mexico’s initiative, which included a media campaign linking sugary beverages to diabetes and a “soda tax”, has worked. Consuming too much added sugar has been linked to obesity and poor cardio-metabolic health or increasing your chances of having diabetes, heart disease or stroke.

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Despite a decline in soda sales in many countries, more fruit juices, flavoured water drinks and energy drinks are still being bought. The authors said the health effects of these beverages are not yet fully understood and that further research is required before they can be recommended as a healthy substitute for sugary drinks.

So who’s number one for the consumption of sugary drinks? We’ve moved to #3, see list below:

  • Chile
  • Mexico
  • United States
  • Argentina
  • Saudi Arabia

Just because we’ve slid to number 3 on this list, doesn’t mean we can chill out, say no to diabetes and heart disease and just stay on track to reducing sugar consumption.

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