Soda Alternative

Beverages have been a major contributor of calories to the modern diet.  We have seen studies that have shown an association between sugar sweet beverages and increased risk of obesity, tooth decay and type 2 diabetes.  Dark color sodas also have a high amount of phosphorus (with a few exceptions) which those on dialysis need to avoid/limit.  So overall, sodas are probably not a good choice, however, even if we know all of this information, it can still be tough to break the habit.  As I was researching alternatives, I came across a drink called Zevia.  This is a zero calorie soda that would probably be a good alternative to those who want zero calories, no sugar, no artificial sweeteners, no high fructose corn syrup and a drink with zero glycemic index but still want a soda every so often.  This drink is actually sweetened with Stevia, a plant-based sweetener and Monk fruit which is a round, green fruit grown in Asia.  They have flavors such as Cola, Ginger Root Beer, Cream Soda, Grape, Orange, Grapefruit Citrus etc.  Try it out and see what you think.  Another alternative to soda is to spice up your water with sliced up fruit to give your water flavor.  This would be healthy and refreshing!

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