America’s beverage companies worked together to implement national School Beverage Guidelines, which were developed with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation- a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation. These guidelines removed full-calorie sodas from all schools and replaced them with a range of lower-calorie, smaller-portion choices. Keybridge Research LLC independently evaluated the effort and reported a 90 percent reduction in beverage calories shipped to schools nationwide since 2004.
The majority of added sugars in the diets of American children come from sugar-sweetened beverages.
Actually, food is the No. 1 source of added sugars in the diets of American children and adolescents, according to a March 2012 data brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By looking at government data, the authors found that 41 percent of added sugars in American childrens’ diets came from beverages, while 59 percent came from foods.
Additionally, the data brief shows that the percent of daily calories coming from added sugars declined between 1999-2000 and 2007-2008.