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More Americans Pledging to Kick the Soda Habit

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:49:48 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- It appears the days of soda being America’s favorite soft drink may be numbered. More and more people are trying to avoid drinking carbonated sugar beverages as evidenced by a new Gallup poll.

Sixty-three percent are at least attempting to cut back on drinking soda, a marked difference from just 12 years ago when 41 percent of respondents made that same claim.

The main culprit in soda is sugar, which has been linked to the obesity epidemic and all the health-related problems that come from being overweight.

But as much as Americans have learned about sugar’s detrimental effects, ironically, the Gallup poll found that attempts to avoid sugar have not been all that successful during the past 12 years.

In fact, sugar intake has been more or less unchanged since 2002, providing that eschewing the sweet stuff is a hard habit to break.

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