The role of beverages in a healthy diet: Key issues and guidelines

B. M. Popkin, G. M. Bray, B. Caballero, B. Frei, W. C. Willett

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Caloric beverage intake is not associated with energy compensation and is linked with increased energy intake, particularly of refined carbohydrates. This is a review of the health effects of all beverages, caloric and non-caloric and includes a ranking. The rankings placed drinking water as the preferred beverage to fulfill daily water needs, followed by tea and coffee, low-fat (1.5% or 1%) and skim (non-fat) milk and soy beverages, non-calorically sweetened beverages, a set of beverages with some nutritional benefits (fruit/vegetable juices, whole milk, alcohol, and sports drinks), and ending with the lowest priority for calorically sweetened, nutrient-poor beverages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFunctional and Speciality Beverage Technology
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages33
ISBN (Print)9781845693428
StatePublished - Jan 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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