In the 1980’s, soda pop was more popular than ever. In its defense — we can see why: it tasted like candy in a can, it goes well with a wide range of booze, and celebrity endorsements and collaborations with artists such as Britney Spears and Michael Jackson made it seem even more glamorous!
Though companies such as Pepsi and Coca-Cola dominated the drink industry for a solid portion on the 80’s and 90’s, good things always have to come to an end. Once doctors and nutritionists spoke out about the truth about these sugary cans of chemicals, citizens began to blame soda for the massive increase in obesity and diabetes across America. Considering the average can of soda contains anywhere between 30 and 45 grams of sugar, we don’t blame them. Once their sweet reign ended (pun intended), another drink quickly took its place.
Can you guess which liquid has stolen the top spot as the America’s most popular drink? Yes, America has always enjoyed an ice-cold brew, and the smoothie and juicing industry has taken the U.S. by storm — but the most popular drink is a liquid that’s been there all along.
That’s right, the most popular drink in America is good old fashioned H20.
According to the Huffington post, Americans now drink an average of 44 gallons of soda a year. That’s a 17 percent drop from its domination in the 90’s. In regards to water, the amount citizens drink has increased 38 percent, allowing water to slip right into first place. Now, Americans drink about 58 gallons a year — who’s thirsty?
Overall, what happened with soda is similar to what happened to tobacco companies. As a country, we spend more money on health insurance than everywhere else in the world. Considering that water is the healthiest drink out there, in all honesty, we’re happy to see its number 1. Say so-long to soda pop, because water is here to stay.