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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Soda and other sugary drinks are losing popularity among Americans

Researchers at theCenter for Disease Control's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey say a study conducted over a 12 year periodshows decline in consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (SSB).

The study observed different locations and meals associated with consumption of SSBs over a 24 hour period. Refreshments such as soda, energy and sports drinks, fruit drinks, and sweetened coffee and tea are all considered sugar sweetened beverages. The intake of energy from sugar sweetened beverages was measured in 22,367 youths between the ages of 2-19 years and 29,133 adults 20 years and older.

The studyshows intake of SSB was lowered by 64 calories per day in youths and 45 calories per day in adults. Dropsin consumption were seen in a diverse group participants ranging in different ages, genders, and ethnicities. However, not all groups produced significant results. For example, 40-59 year olds showed little decline. Also, calorie decrease was only found in soda and fruit drinks.

The findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.