If someone had told me a five years ago that I would give up [diet] soda for good, I would probably laugh hysterically – and then reach for yet another can of diet coke. I was a fizz-fanatic, easily consuming two cans a day, sometimes more. I thought drinking the diet version had no impact on my body because the nutritional facts were pretty much 0 across the board, the thought of consuming chemicals never really crossed my mind. The more I read about the ingredients used in calorie free beverages, the more stressed I became about drinking them. Then one day it hit me – just stop. So that’s what I did, cold turkey. I am proud to say that I am two years pop-free… Until a few weeks ago, when I discovered Zevia.
The reason I gave up soft drinks in the first place was to reduce my artificial and chemical ingredient consumption. The Zevia slogan: “Nature’s Answer to Diet Soda.” Hello – why didn’t this exist before! You better believe my health [go with me on pretending that this is a body part] and waistline are jumping for joy!
Study after study have shown that diet pop guzzlers are typically larger [fatter] then their counterparts because the artificial sweetener tricks the body into releasing insulin – which contributes to increased appetite. And just because it has no calories, it doesn’t mean your Big Mac & Fries order isn’t so bad. Tell me I am not the only one who has to suppress my comments when I see this happening – but that is a whole separate discussion in itself.
So back to Zevia. If a naturally sweetened, calorie free soft drink isn’t enough to sell you on the idea, the folks at Zevia have developed fifteen different flavours to please each and every palate. From classic Coca-Cola to Mountain Zevia, you’d be hard pressed to come up with something the company doesn’t offer.
So far I’ve tried: Dr. Zevia (a Dr. Pepper Copycat), Orange, Grape and my personal fave, Cream Soda. The taste is surprisingly similar to the authentic versions and absolutely delicious. The only concern I had when cracking open my first can was: “erythritol” – doesn’t sound so natural or healthy now does it? After a bit of research I found this statement on the Zevia website:
Erythritol is one of those ingredients that we love but shouldn’t judge by its overly scientific sounding name. Erythritol is a natural component of fruits and vegetables. It is called a sugar alcohol, even though it is neither sugar nor alcohol. It is removed from fruits and vegetables through a natural fermentation process, much like that of yogurt. It has absolutely no calories and no effect on blood sugar. Super safe? You betcha! In fact, unlike its sugar alcohol cousins, Xylitol and Sorbitol, Erythritol is not known to cause digestive issues.
That is an ingredient that I can live with for the time being. Now you are probably wondering, what does this mean for my pop free lifestyle? I plan to drink Zevia on special occasions, the same way I drank soft drinks as a child. Although it is a healthy option, I am happy to have it once in a while as a treat – I don’t want to return to my bad habits of drinking two cans of fizz a day. For now, my go to beverage will still be water.
Have a great weekend friends!