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Regular & Diet Sodas Are Destroying Your Health! Switch To One Of These Low Calorie Sodas Instead

You love carbonated sodas but you know they’re the kiss of death for your diet and health. And the high sugar content isn’t just confined to soda— it’s also in tonic water, fruit punch, lemonade (and other “ades”), sweetened powdered drinks, as well as sports and energy drinks.

According to a report by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, one serving of those a day can raise your heart disease risk by 35 percent. And don’t even think about replacing them with the diet versions, which are filled with equally harmful artificial sweeteners that can cause your body to hold on to fat.

We’ve discussed the negative health effects of sugar so many times that this probably sounds like a broken record, but here is a list of the potential damage sugar is doing to your body:

❗️Sugar causes glucose levels to spike and plummet

❗️Sugar increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease

❗️Your immune function can be affected by sugar

❗️Sugar accelerates aging

❗️Sugar causes tooth decay

❗️Sugar can cause gum disease, which can lead to heart disease

❗️Sugar affects cognition in children

❗️Sugar might be a key factor contributing to chronic inflammation

❗️ Diet beverages are associated with an increased risk of stroke, heart disease and even death

So what can you do? It’s time you started sipping on some healthy soda. You probably never thought you’d see the words “healthy” and “soda” together, but that’s because we aren’t talking about your usual, sugar-laden, sodas.

We’re talking about brands that fall into the true definition of soda: carbonated water. Healthier sodas do exist; they’ve just been hiding this whole time in sparkling waters, seltzers, and club sodas. These can be just as tasty and satisfying as the soda pop you’ve been drinking for years, but with far less sugar and calories.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the most popular soda alternatives that will curb your addiction for sweet carbonated drinks:

𝗦𝗣𝗜𝗡𝗗𝗥𝗜𝗙𝗧

𝗣𝗲𝗿 𝟭 𝗰𝗮𝗻 (𝟭𝟮 𝗳𝗹 𝗼𝘇):
𝟭 – 𝟭𝟱 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀, 𝟬 𝗴 𝗳𝗮𝘁, 𝟬 – 𝟯 𝗴 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗯𝘀, 𝟬 – 𝟯 𝗴 𝘀𝘂𝗴𝗮𝗿, 𝟬 𝗴 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗶𝗻

Each of their flavors varies slightly and all of them are low-cal and low-sugar with natural ingredients. In fact, they’re the first and only sparkling water brand in America with real, squeezed fruit, which is picked from family farms. This makes for a bubbly beverage that’s slightly pulpy and totally delicious.

𝗣𝗢𝗟𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗦𝗣𝗥𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗦𝗣𝗔𝗥𝗞𝗟𝗘𝗥𝗦

𝗣𝗲𝗿 𝟭 𝗰𝗮𝗻 (𝟭𝟮 𝗳𝗹 𝗼𝘇):
𝟬 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀, 𝟬 𝗴 𝗳𝗮𝘁, 𝟬 𝗺𝗴 𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗶𝘂𝗺, 𝟬 𝗴 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗯𝘀, 𝟬 𝗴 𝘀𝘂𝗴𝗮𝗿, 𝟬 𝗚 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗶𝗻

Not only are they zero-calorie drinks with yummy flavors like pomegranate lemonade and acai blueberry, but they’ll make that hissing sound you know and love when you crack them open, which might help you forget it’s not the sugary stuff you’re used to. In fact, these are far from it with a nutrition panel that boasts a bunch of zeros and an ingredients list that lacks both added sugars and sweeteners.

𝗕𝗔𝗜 𝗕𝗨𝗕𝗕𝗟𝗘𝗦

𝗣𝗲𝗿 𝟭 𝗰𝗮𝗻 (𝟭𝟭.𝟱 𝗳𝗹 𝗼𝘇):
𝟱 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀, 𝟬 𝗴 𝗳𝗮𝘁, 𝟭𝟬 𝗺𝗴 𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗶𝘂𝗺, 𝟵 𝗴 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗯𝘀, 𝟭 𝗴 𝘀𝘂𝗴𝗮𝗿, 𝟬 𝗴 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗶𝗻

These carbonated drinks don’t include any artificial sweeteners, but are sweetened with stevia extract, which is a natural calorie-free sweetener we like. According to a study in Appetite, people who drank tea with regular sugar ate 300 more calories throughout the day compared to those who drank stevia-sweetened tea. Pair the benefits of that with a quarter of your daily Vitamin C dose plus 45 milligrams of natural caffeine, and you’ll be wondering why you weren’t drinking Bai all along.

𝗟𝗮𝗖𝗥𝗢𝗜𝗫

𝗣𝗲𝗿 𝟭 𝗰𝗮𝗻:
𝟬 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀, 𝟬 𝗴 𝗳𝗮𝘁, 𝟬 𝗺𝗴 𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗶𝘂𝗺, 𝟬 𝗴 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗯𝘀, 𝟬 𝗴 𝘀𝘂𝗴𝗮𝗿, 𝟬 𝗴 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗶𝗻

This is a huge fan favorite! If you’ve heard the hype, you know that LaCroix is killing the sparkling water game right now with nearly two dozen flavors in trendy, colorful cans. Looking for a weekend adult beverage? Mix up a guilt-free cocktail with one of these light and fizzy drinks. Of course, you can simply pop one open on its own for a yummy choice that’s free of calories, sodium, sugar, and sweeteners.

𝗛𝗢𝗡𝗘𝗦𝗧 𝗙𝗜𝗭𝗭

𝗣𝗲𝗿 𝟭 𝗰𝗮𝗻 (𝟭𝟮 𝗳𝗹 𝗼𝘇):
𝟬 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀, 𝟬 𝗴 𝗳𝗮𝘁, 𝟮𝟱 𝗺𝗴 𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗶𝘂𝗺, 𝟲 – 𝟴 𝗴 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗯𝘀, 𝟬 𝗴 𝘀𝘂𝗴𝗮𝗿, 𝟬 𝗴 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗶𝗻

You may be familiar with this organic brand’s line of tea, but their zero-calorie sodas are here to compete for your favorite Honest product. Each flavor is fat- and sugar-free, sweetened with stevia and erythritol, the latter of which has no effect on blood glucose levels. That’s all music to our ears, but the only thing we aren’t digging is the caramel color hiding in the ingredients list of the root beer, ginger ale, and cherry flavors. This is a dye commonly found in dark-colored sodas that has been linked to cancer in animals, so scope out the Orange Pop and Lemon Limey cans if possible.

𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗥

𝗣𝗲𝗿 𝟭 𝗰𝗮𝗻 (𝟴.𝟱 𝗳𝗹 𝗼𝘇):
𝟬 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀, 𝟬 𝗴 𝗳𝗮𝘁, 𝟬 𝗺𝗴 𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗶𝘂𝗺, 𝟬 𝗴 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗯𝘀, 𝟬 𝗴 𝘀𝘂𝗴𝗮𝗿, 𝟬 𝗴 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗶𝗻

Originating in France, this brand has been in the United States since the ’70s and we can’t imagine healthy hydration without it. Their sparkling mineral water is made up only of carbonated water and natural flavors, which is pretty incredible considering you need both hands to count the ingredients on the back of a Diet Coke can. With enough fruity flavors to compete with other popular brands, this isn’t an import to overlook.

𝗭𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗔 𝗦𝗢𝗗𝗔

𝗣𝗲𝗿 𝟭 𝗰𝗮𝗻 (𝟭𝟮 𝗳𝗹 𝗼𝘇):
𝟬 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀, 𝟬 𝗴 𝗳𝗮𝘁, 𝟬 𝗺𝗴 𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗶𝘂𝗺, 𝟬 𝗴 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗯𝘀, 𝟬 𝗴 𝘀𝘂𝗴𝗮𝗿, 𝟬 𝗴 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗶𝗻

Zevia is my personal favorite and the one that most closely compares to the taste of regular sodas. It’s a good thing the parents who founded Zevia wanted healthier sodas for their kids to drink because now we have another scale-friendly option to add to our shopping list. This was the first soda brand to use stevia, combining the leaf extract with citric acid, carbonated water, and natural flavors. Don’t let the word “acid” scare you; citric acid is a safe additive that’s naturally found in many fruits, and all of these ingredients add up to a yummy, sometimes caffeinated, zero-calorie soda. So chug another one if you’re parched — there are a bunch of common flavors to choose from, such as Cola, Ginger Ale, and Root Beer.

𝗣𝗢𝗟𝗔𝗥 𝗦𝗘𝗟𝗧𝗭𝗘𝗥-𝗔𝗗𝗘

𝗣𝗲𝗿 𝟭 𝗰𝗮𝗻 (𝟭𝟮 𝗳𝗹 𝗼𝘇):
𝟬 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀, 𝟬 𝗴 𝗳𝗮𝘁, 𝟬 𝗺𝗴 𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗶𝘂𝗺, 𝟬 𝗴 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗯𝘀, 𝟬 𝗴 𝘀𝘂𝗴𝗮𝗿, 𝟬 𝗴 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗶𝗻

While Polar comes in sweet flavors like raspberry, cherry, watermelon, blueberry, and mango, there aren’t any added sweeteners, sugars, or juices inside — just a refreshing, bubbly beverage. This is just another addition to the family-owned company’s seltzer products, so if you’re a fan of these lemonades, there’s more where that came from!

𝗧𝗜𝗖𝗞𝗟𝗘 𝗪𝗔𝗧𝗘𝗥

𝗣𝗲𝗿 𝟭 𝗰𝗮𝗻: (𝟴 𝗳𝗹 𝗼𝘇):
𝟬 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀, 𝟬 𝗴 𝗳𝗮𝘁, 𝟬 𝗺𝗴 𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗶𝘂𝗺, 𝟬 𝗴 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗯𝘀, 𝟬 𝗴 𝘀𝘂𝗴𝗮𝗿, 𝟬 𝗴 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗶𝗻

I love a nutrition label with zeros across the board, especially when it’s a sugary soda replacement like this. Tickle Water was created as a healthy alternative for children, but loved by adults just as much for its lack of calories, sugar, and sweeteners. So there’s no shame in slugging one back yourself or even grabbing a second. Each one is made only of carbonated water and natural flavors, which means there’s no need to be worried about all the added chemicals like you did with your old soda pop.

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