More Americans Avoiding Soda and Sugar, Polls Show

a recent gallup poll indicates that 60 percent of americans actively avoid soda

More Americans Avoiding Soda and Sugar, Polls Show
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August 1, 2014

Americans may be trying to avoid sugar and soda, but it is unclear how successful they are in those efforts.

poll's findings

A recent Gallup poll suggests that more than 60 percent of Americans actively avoid drinking soda, a jump from 41 percent more than a decade ago.

In 2002, Gallup found that 43 percent of people try to avoid sugar and that number increased to 51 percent two years later. In 2014, though, it had only increased to 52 percent.

The poll, however, doesn't indicate how successful participants were at restricting these foods from their diets. But, it does show that more people are actively trying to make a change.

Nearly all of those surveyed indicated that they actively try to eat fruits and vegetables at 92 and 93 percent, respectively. Although organic foods have become more readily available in mainstream grocery stores, only 45 percent of respondents try to include them in their diets. Many respondents, 38 percent, don't give too much consideration to whether they eat organic or conventionally grown food.

In the meat category, poultry is still at the top of the list at 84 percent, with 75 percent also trying to include seafood. Red meat came in at 62 percent, with 22 percent of people trying to avoid it. These numbers have stayed fairly stagnant since 2002.

Despite more people going gluten free or jumping on the Paleo diet, about 70 percent of Americans still try to eat grains. The avoidance of grains doubled from 6 percent in 2002 to 14 percent in 2004, but has only edged up 1 percent since.

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Full results from the survey can be found here.


Gallup conducted phone interviews of 1,013 adults from July 7 – 10, 2014. The margin of sampling error for the survey is plus or minus 4 percentage points.