OBJECTIVE: To evaluate patterns of water consumption from plain water, beverages and foods among Mexican children and adolescents and to compare actual patterns of total daily water intake with the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI). DESIGN: We analysed one 24 h dietary recall from Mexican children and adolescents. We calculated intakes of total daily water and water from foods and from beverages. Actual total water intake per capita was subtracted from the DRI for water to calculate the shortfall. SETTING: Mexican National Health and Nutrition Survey in 2012. SUBJECTS: Mexican children and adolescents (n 6867) aged 1-18 years. RESULTS: Approximately 73% of children and adolescents aged 1-18 years reported drinking plain water. Beverages and plain water represented 65·5% and 26·5% of total daily water intake, respectively. Among 1-3-year-olds, the top three main sources of water were from foods, plain water and water from plain milk. Among 4-8- and 9-13-year-olds, the main sources were from foods, plain water and agua fresca (fruit water). Among 14-18-year-olds, the main sources of water were plain water, water from foods and soda. A higher proportion of 1-3-year-olds and 4-8-year-olds met the DRI for water (38% and 29%, respectively). Among 9-13-year-olds and 14-18-year-olds, 13-19% of children met the DRI for water. CONCLUSIONS: Total daily water intakes remain below DRI levels in all age groups. Although plain water still contributes the greatest proportion to daily water intake among fluids, caloric beverages are currently major sources of water especially among older children and adolescents.

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Public Health Nutr

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2166 - 2175


Adolescent, Adolescent Nutritional Physiological Phenomena, Age Factors, Animals, Beverages, Child, Child Nutritional Physiological Phenomena, Child, Preschool, Cross-Sectional Studies, Diet, Drinking, Female, Fruit, Humans, Infant, Male, Mexico, Milk, Nutrition Policy, Nutrition Surveys, Patient Compliance, Recommended Dietary Allowances