US Falls Back in Love With Soda
Americans ditch healthy drinks for cheap sweets
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2010 5:35 PM CDT
Cans of Coca-Cola are shown on a countertop at Chuck's Beverage and Wine in Chagrin Falls, Ohio on Monday, Oct. 19, 2009.   (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

(Newser) – Recession-strapped Americans threw away their healthy (and expensive) drinks and reached for good old Coke and Pepsi, Time magazine reports. Soda sales jumped 2.5% in 2009—the first bump in 5 years—while milk, yogurt, fruit, and vegetable drinks all fell. "People stopped drinking the more expensive stuff and kept drinking soda because soda isn't that expensive," says an industry analyst.