August 29, 2016--Americans are buying more bottled water than soda (Environmental News Network)

This year is on track to see Americans’ consumption of bottled water outpace their soda drinking for the very first time. According to Euromonitor, a market research firm, the average American will buy 27.4 gallons of bottled water, compared to 26.2 gallons of soda drinks. Is this a good thing? It’s hard to argue that less consumption of sugary products is a bad thing. However, Americans aren’t necessarily replacing soda with water — for the most part, they are simply buying more bottled water. Why are Americans drinking more bottled water then? Market researches aren’t sure, though they suggest it is likely a combination of Americans seeking to make healthier decisions and, potentially, a growing concern about tap water’s dangers, an issue highlighted by the revelation of the widespread lead contamination in Flint, Mich. But is bottled water really a healthier and safer alternative to drinking tap water from municipal water systems? Almost certainly not. Despite being hundreds, if not thousands, of times more expensive than water from the tap, bottled water is not demonstrably superior in any category — aside from convenience (though even that is debatable). To view the full article visit Environmental News Network.