Popkin, Barry M. (2009). Global Dimensions of Sugary Beverages and Programmatic and Policy Solutions. CMR eJournal, 2(2)
Over the past half century, there has been a rapid expansion in the consumption of caloric beverages, particularly those sweetened with some type of sugar. These dynamics have been driven partly by our preference for sweetened products and our desire for more options other than water and unsweetened tea and coffee and small amounts of milk and alcohol in our daily consumption patterns. At the same time, modern manufacturing, marketing and food distribution systems coupled with global subsidies of sugar have created very cheap alternatives to water, milk and alcohol that have captured very large segments of demand for beverages. Modern beverage companies have found ways to increase our total beverage intake.
Popkin, Barry M.