A 2015 Gallup survey suggests that Americans may be more health conscious than they were in 2002, especially when it comes to added sugars and soft drinks. More than 60 percent of the individuals participating in the poll said they actively avoid drinking soda, while 22 percent reported having at least one soft drink per day. Is this the beginning of the end for soft drinks?
In a 2002 Gallup study, 36 percent of those surveyed said soda was a regular part of their daily diets, while a study conducted in 2012 reported that 48 percent of Americans consumed at least one glass of soda per day. The number of individuals trying to avoid soda increased 20 percent since 2002, when just 41 percent of those surveyed said they were actively avoiding soft drinks.
Diet Versus Regular
The 2015 study asked half of the participants about their consumption of diet soda and asked the other half about their habits regarding regular soda. Diet sodas contain less sugar and fewer calories than regular versions, but they also contain artificial sweeteners that pose health risks of their own. According to the Gallup survey, American attitudes toward the age-old diet-versus-regular debate are indifferent; 62 percent of those polled about diet soda were avoiding it, and 61 percent of those who were asked about regular soda said it was not part of their regular diets.
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The Problem With Soda
Research shows that individuals who get 20 percent of their daily calories from added sugar are 40 percent more likely to die from heart complications than those who limit their sugar intake to just 8 percent of daily calories, according to the Huffington Post. Half the Americans surveyed by Gallup said they were actively avoiding sugar, which may significantly contribute to the avoidance of sugar-laden sodas.In addition to increasing cardiovascular risks and contributing to obesity, regular soda consumption may increase your risk of type 2 diabetes by 22 percent.