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Here's what different countries prefer to drink


Giving insights into what people drink, a study has reported substantial differences in the beverages consumed by different demographic groups in 185 countries.

The study will be presented at the meeting '2019' in

"These preliminary data derived from the Global Dietary Database project can help inform transitions over time, the impacts of these beverages on global health, and targeted dietary policy to improve diet and health," said Laura Lara-Castor, study's

"Notably, and fruit juice intake was highest in the Latin American region, where both commercial and homemade sugar-sweetened beverages and fruit are widely consumed," said Lara-Castor.

"Milk intake was highest in the high-income region (including countries such as Sweden, Iceland, and Finland) where dairy farming is more widespread and dairy consumption has been traditionally a major part of the diet."

The research is based on 2015 data from more than 1,100 surveys representing 6.78 billion people worldwide, along with data on and other information.

The researchers found the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages was highest in Mexico, where the average adult drank more than 19 ounces per day (equivalent to roughly 2.5 cups per day), followed by and Jamaica, where adults drank nearly 15 ounces per day. The lowest intake was in China, Indonesia, and

Fruit juice intake was highest in (about 11 ounces or 1.4 cups per day) and the (nearly 10 ounces per day) and lowest in China, Portugal, and

Milk consumption was highest in (more than 10 ounces or 1.3 cups per day), followed by and Finland, where adults drank just over 9 ounces per day, on average. China, Togo, and showed the lowest average milk intake.

Within regions and countries, was generally highest among younger people, those who had attained a higher education level and those living in urban areas.

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First Published: Sun, June 09 2019. 13:52 IST