Here’s a health trend we can get behind: Americans are now drinking more bottled water than soda, Reuters reports.
Bottled water consumption has been growing steadily for decades, and reached 39.3 gallons per person a year in 2016. That’s about a nine percent increase from the year prior.
Soda, on the other hand, slipped to 38.5 gallons per person a year in 2016. That’s quite the slide from the 1990s and early 2000s, when people were regularly guzzling more than 50 gallons yearly.
Now, that still is a lot of soda to be downing. And while the decrease in consumption is something to applaud, it’s still important to recognize that sugar-sweetened beverages like soda are still harming our health.
For one thing, it’s making us fat: People who drink sugar-sweetened beverages, like soda, daily have 10 percent more visceral fat—the deep fat wrapped around your organs that’s linked to many health problems—than those who don’t drink them, a 2014 study in the Journal of Nutrition found.
What’s more, Americans who regularly drink sugar-sweetened beverages—say, a can of soda per day—were 46 percent more likely to develop pre-diabetes than those who drank less or no sugary drinks, a Tufts study found. That’s important, since that condition is a precursor to diabetes.
Your move, then, is to cut down your consumption. If you find yourself reaching for soda for a jolt, check out these 7 ways to boost your energy without caffeine.