People worried about the sugary soda crisis should be happy to hear the news that bottled water sales have now surpassed soda sales.
Health advocates have longed hoped for this, but many thought it would never happen. An industry group said bottled water was the number one drink in the country in 2016, NBC Bay Area reported. The Beverage Marketing Corporation said Americans drank an average of 39.3 gallons of bottled water in 2016, compared with 38.5 gallons of carbonated soft drinks.
In 2015, bottled water was at 36.5 gallons while soda was at 39 gallons.
Other industry groups measure things differently, the report says: another group claims that shift won’t happen until this year.
Still, it’s clear that bottled water is quickly gaining in popularity over sodas.
I prefer Diet Coke, but I’ve been trying to drink fewer diet drinks and more water as well. I am not, for the record, stopping sodas cold turkey and giving up a couple of cups of coffee per day is non-negotiable.
Still, I think it’s important to drink more water than I’ve been drinking in the past, so I’m working on getting there.
The problem is that tap water often doesn’t taste quite as good as I wish it did. I try to buy bottled water by the gallon at the grocery store so that there are few containers being thrown away: I can use the same 20-ounce bottles that once contained Diet Coke and simply refill them with the bottled water from the larger container.
WebMD came up with 6 important reasons we all should be drinking more water and less soda. Among them are that water can help control calories, energize muscles and help your skin look better.
I don’t see myself ever giving up sodas completely. But drinking more water is definitely something I want to keep doing because I do believe water is better for you.
And I won’t feel too bad for the soft drink makers since most have bottled water brands as well: we’re buying their beverages whether they’re water or carbonated soft drinks, so they’re still making their money.