Americans appear to be gradually making the healthier choice, opting to drink more water than artificially sweetened and carbonated soft drinks. Market projections for the U.S. domestic consumers indicate Americans are expected to buy and consume more bottled water than traditional carbonated drinks.

According to market research firm Euromonitor, an average U.S. citizen will purchase 27.4 gallons of bottled water. This figure is only marginally higher than the 26.2 gallons of carbonated sodas. Though the gap may be small, it has been rapidly diminishing for the last couple of years.

Statistics show Americans bought a mere 0.3 gallons more of Soda per person than bottle water. About two years back the country preferred sodas to water as there was a significantly higher 1.9 gallon difference in 2014.

Will Americans continue to drink more bottled water than soda?

If the projections become reality, Americans will increasingly opt for bottled water, while the consumption of sodas may slightly diminish. According to Euromonitor, by 2020, U.S. citizens could be drinking almost 30 gallons of water, compared to a little more than 24 gallons of soda per person.

Are Americans really making the healthier choice by drinking more bottled water?

While statistics convincingly indicate U.S. citizens are buying more bottled water than sodas, they might not be opting for a healthier option. Industry experts indicate it might be a case of convenience and safety. Tap water contamination has lately become a common occurrence. Frightened and concerned by the Flint, Michigan tap water, citizens are being increasingly driven towards bottled water.

The conviction to lead a healthy lifestyle exists, but reaching for a sealed bottle of water might be less to do with health than fear of consuming contaminated tap water.

Artificially sweetened and carbonated sodas have traditionally been a staple drink for American households. A large variety of sodas are regularly consumed with all the meals. Numerous studies have stressed the harmful effects of sodas that are laden with high concentration of artificial sweeteners that trigger a large range of health problems including obesity and diabetes.

Though these studies have had some noticeable impact by raising awareness, they haven’t been able to restrict the consumption patterns.

If the trend of consuming more water than sodas does continue, it might address a lot of health concerns, especially prevalent among the children and the young adults of the country.

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