Why Diet Soda Makes You Fat -- With Thomas DeLauer
7 Sodas That Aren't Terrible For You
There's no denying that America has a love affair with soda—in just one year, the average American guzzles 44 gallons of the sweet stuff. And our infatuation with fizz continues to derail our health. Scientists believe that consuming a lot of soda is linked to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart attack, and stroke. And diet soda's not any better for you (these 7 gross side effects of drinking diet soda will make you rethink your habit).
The good news is that a new era of pop culture is upon us: Companies across the country are reformulating soda to consist of natural, organic ingredients in the hopes of pleasing your palate—as well as your doctor. We scoured the shelves to find the best sodas out there. Our criteria: no high-fructose corn syrup; no more than 20 g of sugar; no artificial colors like Red 40 or Yellow 5; and a glass of the fizzy stuff had to be less than 100 calories. Extra points for short ingredient lists (under 10 items) and organic or non-GMO ingredients.
Now, let's get sipping.
When Top Chef winner Richard Blais is at the helm of a soda brand, you know you’re in for a delicious ride. But a healthier soda? That’s a welcome surprise. Created specifically to be a less-sweet soda, each bottle has just four all-natural ingredients, with the perfect touch of cane sugar sweetness. Bonus: these low-cal, high-brow sodas come with pairing suggestions. A glass of the Wild Lime goes well with Asian-inspired foods and fish tacos. Dipping into the Vanilla soda? Try that with roast chicken or some panna cotta.
( for a 12 pack, drysoda.com)
Flavor:Creamy Root Beer
When it comes to making all-natural soda, this isn't a new trend for the folks at Blue Sky Soda. Since 1980, the California-based company has been swapping stevia into their beverages, and without preservatives or artificial colors.
(Prices vary, )
This alt-soda's name is an homage to its sweetener, stevia. A few stats about the leafy plant: It's 100x sweeter than soda, but has no calories and no effect on blood sugar levels, making it a better choice for diabetics. What's the catch? Products that use stevia tend to have a bitter, tinny taste to them. Mountain Zevia, on the other hand, doesn't carry that metallic aftertaste—making it a soda aisle staple.
( for a pack of 24, zevia.com)
If you're looking for something refreshing, look no further than this bubbly combination of citrus, ginger, cardamom (a spice that may help with digestion), herbs, spices, and a blend of three teas. A glass of this chef-created fizzy beverage tallies only 60 calories and 13 g of sugar. It looks gorgeous on the table, too.
(Prices vary, twelvebeverage.com)
Flavor: Blueberry Pomegranate
Green tea + soda? It's the new power couple. Made from organic, fair trade certified green tea, this Stevia-flavored bubbly beverage has zero calories but is packed with flavor.
Flavor: Ginger Ale
Made from a combination of three green gingers from Ecuador, this natural ginger ale separates itself from the pack in terms of both taste and quality of ingredients. UK-based Fever Tree focuses mainly on mixers, but their ginger ale is just as delightful sipped solo. Clocking in at only 6 ingredients and 17 g of sugar, this bottle is perfect for a sweet liquid treat.
( for a pack of 24, fever-tree.co-uk)
We love Veri's clean 6-ingredient list, and the line is organic and chemical-free, sweetened by a small amount of organic cane sugar blended with stevia. Ah, but how does it taste? Consider your cola craving quenched, with the added bonus of a surprisingly tangy, lemon kick.
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