‘When you are constantly barraged with news of the “obesity epidemic” it’s easy to think Americans are guzzling themselves to death with sugar and aspartame-laden drinks. But it looks like an eye-opening critical mass has taken place. For the first time in modern memory Americans chose bottled water over soda pop in 2016.
According to the Beverage Marketing Corporation, the tipping point took place when bottled water sales grew to 12.8 billion gallons (about 39 gallons of bottled water per person), versus the estimated 38.5 gallons of soft drinks. (source)
High-fructose corn syrup, made from GMO ingredients and found in nearly all pop drinks, is now associated for being linked to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, diabetes and obesity. Obesity affects up to 35% of American adults, 17% of all U.S. children and adolescents, with 34% of adults being considered overweight.
Instead of extreme dieting, however, many people are waking up to realize that if they cut back or eliminate one habit such as soda, they can see profound changes in their weight and health. When people are on the go and faced with a choice to hydrate, bottled water makes more sense despite its drawbacks.’