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“What is remarkable is, in six of the 13 countries we analyzed, children drink on average more [sugar-sweetened beverages] than water. In countries where you have a high [sugar-sweetened beverage] intake, you also have low water intake.” Water is essential for physical and mental health, Zemdegs said; several studies show water intake is associated with cognition. In a three-intervention crossover study published in September 2019 in The Journal of Nutrition, researchers investigated the effects of water intake on urinary markers of hydration and cognition among 75 children aged 9 to 11 years (43 boys). Participants maintained their usual water intake or consumed high (2.5 L/day) or low (0.5 L/day) amounts of water for 4 days before coming to a lab to complete cognitive testing. Primary outcomes were performance on cognitive tasks requiring inhibition, working memory and cognitive flexibility assessed using a modified flanker, go/no-go and color-shape switch tasks, respectively. During the high water intake intervention, researchers found that children exhibited 34% lower working memory during the switch task relative to the low intervention. No significant bonuses changes in cognition were observed for the flanker and go/no-go tasks. Zemdegs said higher urine concentration was associated with lower accuracy on the switch task, noting that children's cognitive flexibility selectively benefits from greater habitual hydration and water intake. “Water and hydration impacts kids’ cognition,” Zemdegs said.