I love soda, particularly Diet Dr. Pepper. But I am well aware of the harmfulness of aspartame and am really trying to quit this and find a suitable soda that is diet or significantly less calories but without the harmful artificial sugars.
Stevia sodas? Anyone know if these are as bad as aspartame. I have absolutely no experience with stevia.
Do they make soda from that aguave or whatever that cactus sweetener sugar syrup stuff is? (I can't remember the name so hope I was close enough). I know it has less calories which is always nice, plus the unprocessed stuff doesn't seem to be harmful.
Also I have lessened my soda intake and for now am mainly drinking Coke, on average about 20 ounces a day. I used to drink on average 2x32 ounces of Diet Dr.Pepper a day. Sometimes more. Yes, I know. Really really bad.
I have also replaced some of the soda with unprocessed orange juice. I do hate spending some of my calories on drinks though.
So...any low cal soda suggestions? Caffeine free is totally fine as well!!! (In fact much better for that matter)
We have a Whole Foods Market and New Seasons nearby and although I don't go to them much I would definitely be willing to if there are some good options there. I was eyeballing Hansens stevia sodas and some other similiar kinds in another store but I don't want to replace one harmful fake sweetener with another so am looking for help here.
I believe Hansen's makes spritzers which are fruit juice and fizzy water, but you'll still be spending a lot of your calories with them. I like them once in a while, especially the boysenberry.
Agave is natural and tasty, but it is fructose, not glucose and not that great for you. It's also not really lower in calories--the labels all say "it's sweeter, so you'll use less."
I can't say one sweetener is sweeter than sugar because it's NOT sugar and they don't taste the same to me at all. Others' experience may vary.
I use xylitol in my coffee. I like the taste, it has fewer calories than sugar (but is NOT non-caloric) and since it's a sugar alcohol, there's less of a blood sugar spike.
What about Crystal light? I've never tried it, but what about getting a bottle of carbonated water and putting a to-go packet of crystal light drink mix in it? Another option would be the flavored carbonated fruit waters. I used to drink a bit of those.
Honestly though, just not drinking sugary or pseudo sugary things was the only thing that worked for me. Your brain still thinks you're consuming sugar whether there are calories attached to the drink or not. After a couple weeks you won't miss it at all.
There's a new stevia-sweetened soda on the market called "Zevia." It comes in lots of flavours--check out their website. It's very tasty. Stevia is not bad for you. In fact, to the best of my knowledge, it's good for you. But, Zevia has some erythritol in it which they use as a carrier for the stevia. Erythritol is an alcohol sugar, I think, and it's naturally sourced. It's not bad for you, but it can give you the runs the same way sucralose in diabetic products can, so you can't necessarily drink unlimited quantities of Zevia. Zevia comes in cherry cola, gingerale, cream soda, grape, and so on--and it has added vitamin c.
I, personally, make drinks with stevia powder, lemon juice and water, or stevia powder and some kind of tasty herb tea. Stevia is good for your pancreas and I've used it for years with no ill effects.
I am going to try stevia sweetened sodas. As long as stevia isn't like the 10th ingredient after 9 chemicals
Thanks for the replies!
Have you ever tried flavored seltzer water? Polar makes some really tasty ones (I like the pomegranate and raspberry lime ones). They also make good 0 cal mixers for alcohol if that's a thing you indulge in.
Zevia soda is a good alternative, HOWEVER I would advise that you don't just replace "bad" foods, with "not so bad" foods, this does not solve the craving behaviour (sort of like people who quit smoking replace that smoking behaviour with something similar, like eating or exessive gum chewing)
Enjoy a stevia sweetened soda occasionally, but for the majority of the time stick with seltzer/soda water with citrus, kombucha tea, herbal teas, and black (decaf coffee).
I'm not against stevia or diet sodas, I'm just against dependance on artificial sweeteners (and yes, stevia is an artificail sweetener unless you are consuming the whole green leaf variety). Keep the sweeteners to a minimum and you'll learn to enjoy the natural sweetness in foods.
Original Post by braylonwarr:
I gave up diet soda and tried Kombucha. Wow! It is my favorite drink now. It's good for you (probiotics and tea) and tastes AWESOME (the Synergy brand at least, I hate the other brands I've tried). It's naturally fizzy and cold. And doesn't taste like tea (which is great because I'm not a tea drinker). Give it a try! My favs are Gingerade, Gingerberry, Cranberry Passion, Citrus, and Lavender.
LOVE KOMBUCHA TEA! It's a great treat (although most people think I'm crazy for liking it! Hahah it's an acquired thing I guess... I wasnt a huge fan when I first tasted it, but it sure does grow on you!)
I get the GT's Organic Raw kind (no sugar added).... currently sipping some "third eye chai"
I second flavored selzer water, another thing is to add some juice (or wine ) to selzer water.
I love Kombucha, too! It's healthy and very low cal. Refreshing and not too sweet.
ZEVIA is by far my favorite!!! I am completely obsessed, even made a video professing my love for the soda! I have been waiting YEARS for a soda company to finally make a soda with JUST stevia. This soda is delicious! I totally recommend it, especially for those who are trying to cut down on their high fructose corn syrup filled sodas.
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