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Modeling the Effect of Replacing Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption with Water on Energy Intake, HBI Score, and Obesity Prevalence

08 / 08 / 16

Duffey KJ, Poti J. Modeling the Effect of Replacing Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption with Water on Energy Intake, HBI Score, and Obesity Prevalence. Nutrients 2016;8:395

This group of US researchers utilised representative data of adults from NHANES 2007-2012 (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) to model the effect of replacing one 8 ounce (240ml) serving of sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) with water on Healthy Beverage Index scores (HBI) and obesity prevalence.

The theoretical effect of this substitution was to lower percent energy from beverages from 17 to 11% (among those consuming 1 serving of SSB per day); and reduce HBI score by 9-21%. When these reductions were applied to published RCTS and meta-analyses of weight loss, they predicted a reduction in the prevalence of obesity and an increase in the prevalence of normal weight if this change could be implemented.