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Soda Sales On The Decline For Ninth Straight Year

As soda sales drop for a ninth straight year, diet soda sees a particularly large plummet amid health concerns.

New studies show diet sodas are not a healthy alternative to the sugary kind. Women who consume two or more diet drinks a day are at a greater risk for cardiovascular problems.

Soda is in decline — and it isn’t just the corn syrupy, calorie-laden stuff, either.

Purchases of diet soda dropped last year, further accelerating a ninth straight year of decline.

Companies like Coca-Cola and Pepsi Co. have relied upon zero-calorie soda sales to boost declines in the sugary sodas criticized by health officials.

Diet sodas haven’t escaped health concerns. Recent studies have found diet soda can mess with metabolism and cause addictive cycles.

If that isn’t enough, a new study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session found that older healthy women who consume two or more diet drinks a day are at a greater risk for cardiovascular problems.

The study is the largest conducted to examine diet soda and heart health. Of the 59,614 post-menopausal women studied, those who drink diet soda were 30 percent more likely to have a cardiovascular problem than those who don’t.

Overall soda sales dropped 3 percent last year. 2014 has seen additional decline — to date, soda sales in the U.S. have dropped 1.9 percent this year.

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Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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