After a fifteen-year break, water reemerged as the most popular drink in the United States in 2013. Soda was the most widely-consumed beverage for over two decades leading up to 1998, its peak year. Americans were consuming a whopping 54 gallons of soda per person, per year, compared to just 42 gallons of water. Every five to ten years, the tables turn, and soda and water switch places in popularity. Many people attribute the increase of water’s popularity to the rising obesity rates and increased interest in healthy eating and dieting. Americans average 44 gallons of soda a year, which is a 17% decrease from its peak, while water has increased 38% to 58 gallons a year.
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