Americans Say They're Drinking Less Soda

A recent Gallup poll suggests that Americans aren't drinking as much soda as they did a decade ago.

Results from the survey suggest that soda and diet soda are the top two things people are trying to remove from their diets, with 62 percent saying they avoid diet soda and 61 percent avoiding regular soda. This is a significant increase compared to a decade ago--in a 2002 Gallup poll, only 41 percent of people said they avoided soda.

More than 50 percent of people polled said they are attempting to avoid sugar in their diet. Of the 11 items listed in the survey, sugar and soda garnered negative responses from more than half the participants. Other dietary staples people said they're trying to avoid included fat (47 percent), salt (39 percent), and carbohydrates (25 percent). Interestingly, about one-fifth (21 percent) said they now avoid gluten.

On the other hand, fruits (90 percent), vegetables (93 percent) and poultry (83 percent) were the menu items least likely to be avoided. Other foods that people said they actively try to include in their diet included red meat (63 percent), dairy products (68 percent), grains (70 percent), seafood (76 percent).

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Sourced from:, Soda Fizzles: US Appetite for Sugary Drinks Wanes