Soda has never been known as a healthy drink, but it may be even worse for you than you think. Research shows that drinking even 1 soda a day may increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, revascularization, and stroke. Just 1! If you didn’t have a reason to give up that bubbly sugar beverage for good, you sure do now!
Once you’ve ditched that soda supply, though, you’re probably going to want to replace it with something. Yes, water is the obvious healthy beverage of choice, but it may not quite quench those soda cravings.
Fortunately, there are a variety of delicious drinks out there that are just as good – if not better – than your favorite soda. Check out our list of the best soda alternatives to stock your fridge with, and start making healthier choices today!
Flavored Sparkling Water
Okay, we did just say that water may not cut it here, but hear us out! Flavored sparkling water may be one of the closest soda alternatives on the market for a few reasons. It’s bubbly, it’s a little bit sweet, and you can easily grab a can of it from a fridge or store. See? It’s basically a healthier, lighter version of soda.
You have to be careful, though: some flavored sparkling waters are still full of sugar and/or artificial sweeteners. To help avoid this, you could always consider investing in a sparkling water maker. Not only are you largely in control of the ingredients, but you’ll also be cutting down on the environmental impact of buying cases of the stuff.
It may not have that bubbly, crisp feeling of a soda, but tea can be a great alternative to have in your fridge or on the counter. There are so many different kinds of tea that you’re sure to find at least one that you enjoy! Hot or cold, caffeinated or decaffeinated, flavored or unflavored, it’s hard to go wrong with a nice cup of tea.
Tea even has numerous health benefits, though you do need to buy the right ones. Bubble teas, weight loss teas, and fancy tea lattes and drinks from cafes often contain additional ingredients that may be harmful to your health, so always check the labels.
It may have water in its name, but coconut water has kind of a sweet, nutty flavor that makes it a decent soda replacement. You can even add it to some of that sparkling water if you really need that fizzy feel!
While the taste is nice, coconut water is also pretty good for you, as it’s low in calories, free of fat and cholesterol, and a source of electrolytes. This means that it can help with hydration, which is important for keeping your energy levels up throughout the day.
However, once again, you need to read the labels if you’re planning on choosing coconut water as a healthier alternative to soda. Make sure you’re stocking your fridge with 100% coconut water that contains no added preservatives or sugar.
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