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Top 10 Groceries Americans Buy


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Soda
The biggest selling grocery item in 2009 was soda, like the one in this ice cream float.
The biggest selling grocery item in 2009 was soda, like the one in this ice cream float.
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Carbonated beverages top the charts when it comes to grocery items that sell like (actually, better than) hot cakes. In 2009, Americans spent $12 billion on carbonated beverages at grocery stores alone, making it the best-selling grocery store item, according to Information Resources, a marketing research firm.

Couple this information with the fact that Americans are consuming more sugar-sweetened beverages than ever before -- and contracting weight-related health problems at an alarming rate -- and you may want to opt for an alternative. You could save money by buying low-calorie pre-sweetened drink mixes and pepping them up with a touch of sparkling soda. Or, you could really save a buck and fill your glass with tap water.


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