Bans on the sale of sugar sweetened beverages in schools have not reduced overall consumption of sweetened beverages by students. Youth are very adept at finding ways to compensate with drinks purchased at convenience stores and other locations. Data from this logitludinal study of a nationally representative group of middle-schoolers raises questions as to the best way to reduce total consumption of these beverages.
PositiveTip: Remember, sports drinks and fruit juice contain as many calories as sugar-sweetened sodas. Water is usually the best beverage choice.