Baseline SSB intake was self-reported and fasting blood lipid concentrations were taken in 613 children and adolescents. At baseline, approximately 85 percent of children reported consuming SSBs. Among 613 children, higher triglycerides were linked with higher SSB intake."The increase in good cholesterol was greatest among children who decreased their intake by one or more servings of SSBs per week compared to those whose intake stayed the same or increased.
"Not only are most SSBs high in sugar and devoid of nutritional value but they are displacing other foods and beverages that offer high-nutritional quality, critical for children's growth and development," noted senior study author Jennifer Sacheck. The findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition, reinforce the importance of minimising consumption of SSBs among children and adolescents.