Drink choice is important: Beverages make a substantial contribution to energy, sugar, calcium and vitamin c intake among australians

Malcolm D. Riley, Gilly A. Hendrie, Danielle L. Baird

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It is important to understand the role of beverages in population dietary intake in to order give relevant advice. Population estimates were derived from one-day food recall dietary data from 12,153 participants in the 2011–2012 Australian National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey. Almost all Australians (99.9%) consumed at least one beverage on the day of the survey, accounting for 16.6% of the total energy intake for adults (aged 19 years and over) and 13.0% for children (aged 2–18 years). Similarly, beverages contributed 26–29% to calcium intake, 22–28% to vitamin C intake, and 35–36% to sugar intake. Water was consumed on the day of the survey by 84.1% of Australian adults and 90.5% of children. For adults, the greatest beverage contributors to total energy intake were alcoholic drinks (5.6%), coffee (3.1%), and soft drinks (1.9%), and for children, plain milk (3.1%), flavoured milk (2.8%), and fruit juice (2.6%). Coffee (10.6%) made the greatest contribution to calcium intake for adults; and plain milk (9.9%) and flavoured milk (7.6%) for children. The greatest contributors to vitamin C intake were fruit juice (13.4%) and alcoholic drinks (6.1%) for adults; and fruit juice (23.4%) for children. For total sugar intake, soft drinks (8.0%), coffee (8.4%), and fruit juice (5.9%) made the highest contribution for adults; and fruit juice (9.8%) and soft drinks (8.7%) for children. The type and amount of beverage consumption has considerable relevance to dietary quality for Australians.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1389
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished or Issued - Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Adults
  • Australian dietary survey
  • Beverage intake
  • Calcium intake
  • Children
  • Dietary energy intake
  • Nutrient intake
  • Sugar intake
  • Vitamin C intake

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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