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Half of Americans Drink Soda Daily…Here’s What They Should be Drinking

Half of Americans Drink Soda Daily...Here's What They Should be Drinking

According to a new Gallup poll, 48 percent of U.S. adults drink at least one glass of soda per day. Among those who drink soda, the average daily amount consumed is 2.6 glasses.

Soda consumption is highest among younger adults, with 56 percent of individuals between the ages of 18 and 34 reporting that they consume at least one soda per day, compared to 46 percent of individuals between 35 and 54.

Interestingly, the poll found no differences in self-reported weight between non-soda drinkers and those who said they drank two or more glasses of soda per day. However, because the poll did not specify the type of soda, consumption of diet beverages may partially explain the finding.

But that doesn’t mean diet sodas are a healthy choice! Research has linked diet soda consumption with an increased risk for heart attacks, stroke, and other vascular issues.

Alternatives

If you’re not a soda drinker, or are looking to kick the habit, there are plenty of natural beverage alternatives! Juices and smoothies are delicious and nutrient packed options, or if you’re looking for something lighter, try one of these homemade, natural energy drinks.

Looking for something on-the-go? Coconut water is a delicious and refreshing choice. It’s packed with potassium and low in calories, with no added sugar (learn more about the health benefits of coconut here!) Popular brands include Zico, O.N.E., Vita Coco (the peach mango flavor is divine!), and C2O.

What’s YOUR favorite beverage? Tell us in the comments section below!

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4 comments on “Half of Americans Drink Soda Daily…Here’s What They Should be Drinking”

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Lisa
5 Years Ago

Iced tea is a refreshing summer drink. I like to mix green tea and zinger teas for a delicious treat! No sweetener needed, of course.


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Leslie
5 Years Ago

My favorite refreshment is water. No calories, no additives, no sugar, and satisfies thirst. Corporate foods can't make money selling water from the tap. Save money and health by drinking water.


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Angie
5 Years Ago

ZEVIA, all natural and sweetened with stevia. Coconut water too:)


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Lomac
5 Years Ago

Juices are full of sugar, as much as soda contains. Fruit contains juice only so we can eat the fibre- in the whole package! Juice has removed the fibre and you may as well drink soda really.....


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