On any given day, 1 in 5 American youngsters don't drink any water at all, a new survey shows.
And those who don't end up consuming almost twice as many calories from sugar-sweetened beverages.
That, investigators warn, translates into an extra 100 calories per day, which over time can raise the risk for becoming overweight or obese.
"Drinking water is the healthiest beverage to drink," said study author Asher Rosinger, director of the Water, Health and Nutrition Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University.
He noted that current guidelines recommend limiting daily intake of added sugars to less than 10 percent of all calories consumed.
"Kids should drink water every day, and it should be the first option [parents] go to when their kids are thirsty," Rosinger said.
The latter included all non-diet sodas, sweetened fruit juices, sports drinks, energy drinks, and/or presweetened tea and coffee drinks. »