Baltic states don't have such a sweet tooth

People in the Baltic states, including Latvia, are much less likely to chug down sugar-sweetened drinks than those in other parts of Europe, according to newly published data from Eurostat.

Based on data from 2019, the European statistics agency said 9% of people aged 15 and over in the EU drank sugar-sweetened soft drinks daily, while 6% drank such beverages 4-6 times a week and 19% drank these 1-3 times a week.

Daily consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks was more common for men than for women (12% of men vs. 7% of women). In addition, the older the age group, the lower the frequency of consumption of these beverages: the highest share was recorded among those aged 15 to 24 (14%), while those aged 65 to 74 and people aged 75 and over had the lowest shares (around 5%).

Among the EU Member States, the share of people who reported that they drank sugar-sweetened soft drinks at least once a day was highest in Belgium (20%), followed by Malta, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Bulgaria (all around 12%).

In contrast, the lowest share was recorded in Estonia (2%), followed by Lithuania, Finland, Latvia and Romania (all around 3%).

Eurostat data on sweet drinks
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