UPDATED: August 4, 2015 12:04 p.m.

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A new poll finds that a majority of Americans are saying no to soda.

A recent Gallup poll finds that 61 percent of Americans avoid drinking regular soda, while 62 percent steer clear of diet soda. Only 22 percent of those polled said they still drink either.

In 2002, only 41 percent of Americans said they avoided drinking soda, while 36 percent said they included soda in their diet.

“This is a drastic change from just over a decade ago,” Gallup reports. “Consumers may say they are trying to avoid soda because of the high-calorie and high-sugar content in regular soda, or the fears of artificial sweeteners used in diet soda. While some doctors agree that a can or two of soda a day isn’t harmful to one’s health, most advise that lower-calorie and natural beverages, such as skim milk or water, may be healthier choices.”

This graphic shows what happens to the body within one hour after drinking a can of soda, according to The Renegade Pharmacist:

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The Gallup poll also finds that more Americans are sticking to a well-rounded diet, by including more fish, chicken, fruits and vegetables.

Ninety percent of Americans say they include fruit in their diet, while 93 percent include vegetables.

More people are sticking to chicken and fish over red meat. The poll shows that 83 percent include chicken and 76 percent have fish, while only 63 percent have beef and other red meat in their diet.

Gallup conducted the poll from July 8-12 among 1,009 adults.


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