Americans drank more bottled water than soda in 2016

It’s official: Americans are now drinking more bottled water than soda.

After decades-long streak of strong growth, bottled water surpassed carbonated soft drinks to become the largest beverage category by volume in the United States in 2016, according to research and consulting firm Beverage Marketing Corp.

The shift comes amid widespread concerns about the health effects of sugary beverages.

Several U.S. cities voted for soda tax in November, in a bid to battle diet-related diseases, including obesity and diabetes.

Bottled-water consumption in the United States reached 39.3 gallons per capita last year, while carbonated soft drinks slipped to 38.5 gallons, Beverage Marketing Corp said.

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