The Largest Change in the American Diet in the Last Decade
October 8, 2015 21 Comments
I find good news exceedingly rare. We are always talking about the latest scary thing.
As someone who has advocated for healthy eating since 2009, I do need to point out some good news.
The largest change in the American diet is not an increase in the consumption of Twinkies or an extra pound of bacon per year. No! It is a SIGNIFICANT drop in soda consumption.
That is right people! Americans drank 10 gallons less a year of soda (including diet) last year than they did in the late 90s.
What are they drinking instead of soda? More good news!
Americans are drinking bottled water at the rate of 35 gallons per year and this consumption has seemed to replace soda (up form 15 gallons per year in the late 90s).
And perhaps the best news of all is that children are drinking (on average) 79 fewer calories per day of sugar-sweetened beverages since 2004. Hallelujah! (see Decline of Big Soda)
The changes can’t come too soon as the obesity epidemic (which means a disease which rages without end) continues to plague our nation. People are equating diabetes and obesity to sugary soda consumption and cutting back.
I’m not sure why they are choosing to buy bottled water (maybe all those drought ridden Californians who don’t have any water?) because you can usually find a water fountain or bring your own bottle – but I don’t care!
I am thrilled that BIG SODA (you know who that is) is losing money no matter how many billboards they paper or “feel good” advertisements they air at the Super Bowl.
People are getting the message.
Have you noticed a decrease in soda consumption? What do people serve at parties – has it changed?
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