Bottled water on the verge of becoming most popular U.S. beverage


Bottled water is on the verge of becoming the most consumed beverage in the United States, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation.

It found bottled water consumption rose more than 120% over 15 years, from nearly 17 gallons per person in 2000 to nearly 37 gallons per person in 2015.

At the same time, other beverages dropped more than 16%. That category included sodas, fruit beverages, energy drinks, sports drinks, ready-to-drink coffee and tea and milk.

The Beverage Marketing Corporation says the switch to bottled water means people saved between 24,000 and 27,000 calories over that period.

It says that's the equivalent of 161 hotdogs, 87 cheeseburgers or 126 chocolate donuts per person.