Fluid intake is simple: Drink fluid. Mainly Water. Not too much.


In the ongoing arguments about diets, and which ones work best for health, the question of fluids is rarely mentioned. Yet beverages make up about 20% of the average energy intake of Australians.

This represents an increase of about 30% from the mid-1970s, much of which reflects increased intake of energy- dense soft drinks, fruit juices, flavoured milks and alcoholic beverages.

For a patient struggling with a weight problem, just reducing this liquid energy intake — without even considering