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Flavored, Sports Beverages Tied to Some Healthy Behaviors

Linked to unhealthy practices in youths but also healthy dietary choices, activity levels

MONDAY, Sept. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Like consumption of soda, consumption of flavored and sports beverages (FSBs) is associated with unhealthy dietary practices and sedentary behaviors, but unlike soda intake, FSB intake also appears to be associated with a number of healthy lifestyle choices, according to research published online Sept. 27 in Pediatrics.

Nalini Ranjit, Ph.D., of the University of Texas School of Public Health in Austin, and colleagues obtained data from 15,283 middle- and high-school children on their consumption of sodas and noncarbonated FSBs and lifestyle behaviors (diet and activity level) to examine correlations between the two.

The researchers found that soda and FSB consumption was systematically associated with unhealthy dietary practices and sedentary behavior in both genders. Consumption of FSBs, however, did show significant associations with several healthy dietary choices and activity levels, which did not hold true for soda consumption.

"Consumption of FSBs coexists with healthy dietary and physical activity behaviors, which suggests popular misperception of these beverages as being consistent with a healthy lifestyle. Assessment and obesity-prevention efforts that target sugar-sweetened beverages need to distinguish between FSBs and sodas," the authors write.

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