Children who had a lower consumption level of sugary beverages was linked with an increase of “good cholesterol” over a 12 month period.
In adults studies there is substantial evidence ties high sugar intake to increased triglycerides and decreased good cholesterol. But the link had not been investigated in a racially diverse sample of U.S. school children.
Studies of adults have linked higher consumption of sugary beverages with higher risk of high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, and stroke, so reducing consumption in adults may be beneficial
Lower diet quality is a modifiable risk factor for disease, which means that dietary intake is something parents could help their children (or adolescent) change for the better. Thus, it seems important for parents to help children minimize, or replace, (sugary beverages) with more healthful, nutrient-dense beverages, as well as aim for improved diet quality overall, to help set children and adolescents on a track for a healthier life.