Sweet drinks, alcoholic beverages, light drinks, coffee, tea… drinks have their own caloric content, but are also associated differently with calories from the rest of the diet. Some drinks “push you to eat high-calorie foods that you wouldn’t eat without them.”
This study provides an overview of the direct contribution of different beverages to caloric intake. Some drinks actually push you to eat things you wouldn’t eat otherwise and therefore increase your caloric intake. The data collected focus on the associations between beverages and food consumption that are not nutritionally necessary and are high in energy density. It covers no less than 22,513 adults in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, conducted from 2003 to 2012.
Alcohol consumes richer foods
The results show that it is the alcoholic beverages that come out on top of the increase in energy intake associated with beverages, with 385 kcal / day, followed by sugary drinks (226 kcal / day), coffee (108 kcal / day) light drinks (69 kcal / day) and tea (64 kcal / day). For light drinks and coffee, this energy increase is higher than the intrinsic energy intake of the drinks, respectively 15 and 19 kcal / day. Consumers of light drinks and coffee have a higher caloric intake from food than those who consume sugary drinks.
Choose your drink well when you want to control your weight
This association between light drinks and consuming more calories from high-calorie foods than consumers of sugary drinks should be interpreted with caution. It does not mean that it is better to consume sugary drinks, because even if these are less associated with the intake of rich foods, the sugar they provide is far from negligible. Consumption of light beverages, although harmful to health compared to sugary beverages, is associated with a lower total caloric intake.
Ruopeng An: Beverage Consumption in Relation to Discretionary Food Intake and Diet Quality among US Adults, 2003 to 2012. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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