Soda sales hit 31-year low in America last year

Soda consumption in the United States fell to a 31-year low in 2016, new figures reveal. 

Sale of carbonated soft drinks dipped 0.8 percent last year, according to research from Beverage-Digest.

And it's not just sodas that are taking a hit. Data show sale of fruit juices, sugary drinks, and even diet beverages are at an all-time low.

These low numbers come as obesity in America has spiked, and more information has entered the market about the health risks related to the sugar-packed drinks.

Instead of reaching for a soda, data shows people are drinking trendy sugar-free drinks like sparkling water, pre-bottled coffee and sports drinks.

Soda consumption in the United States fell to a 31-year low in 2016, new figures reveal (stock image) 

Soda consumption in the United States fell to a 31-year low in 2016, new figures reveal (stock image) 

Rates of diabetes in the United States are currently at an all-time high, and sugary drinks are one of the main contributors.

As more information has become available for consumers about how to slim down and stay healthy, Americans have started cutting down on things like soda and fast foods. 

But the decrease in sales hasn't hurt companies like Coca Cola or Pepsi Co, as demand for lower calorie products like trendy sparkling water, coffee and tea is at an all-time high.

Drinks like bottled waters and value-added (sparkling or flavored) waters made up for the drop in soda sales. 

Since 2004, the market for soda has decreased by 1.6 billion cases, according to a Beverage-Digest report obtained by Fortune. 

In the last year, the steepest decline was seen in the sale of Diet Pepsi, which fell by 9.2 percent, and Diet Coke, 4.3 percent. Though, both drinks still rank among the top 10 most popular soft drinks in America. 

That plunge in sales is due to increased skepticism of artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame. 

But the decrease in sales hasn't hurt companies like Coca Cola or Pepsi Co, as demand for lower calorie products like trendy sparkling water, coffee and tea is at an all-time high

But the decrease in sales hasn't hurt companies like Coca Cola or Pepsi Co, as demand for lower calorie products like trendy sparkling water, coffee and tea is at an all-time high

Sale of carbonated soft drinks dipped 0.8 percent last year, according to research from Beverage- Digest. And it's not just sodas that are taking a hit. Data show sale of fruit juices, sugary drinks, and even diet beverages are at an all time low

Sale of carbonated soft drinks dipped 0.8 percent last year, according to research from Beverage-

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