Love soda? You’re not alone. Unfortunately, sugary beverages are some of the worst things you can consume if your goal is to lose weight and stay healthy. Soda consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. Rising obesity rates in the United States are also correlated with rising soda consumption.
As if that weren’t enough, a study published in 2011 by the University of Bangor and Bristol found that drinking soda actually triggers your sweet tooth. The more you drink, the less sensitive you become to sweets, leading you to want more.
Think you can beat the trend by drinking diet soda? Think again. Diet sodas are just as likely as regular sodas to trigger sweet cravings.
The last thing you want is to end up in a cycle of craving sweets and soda. However, if you’re in a habit of having sweet drinks every day it can feel impossible to let them go. But here’s the good news: even the smallest improvement can make a difference. Swapping out soda for a healthier beverage is one of the best ways to cut back. Here are three things to sip on instead of soda.
Three Delicious Swaps for Soda Pop
Option One: Matcha – Do you reach for a soda when you need a caffeinated pick me up? Your perfect solution is to combine ice-cold sparkling water with Matcha. Which sounds better to you – a super-food that increases your energy from natural sources, or brown, sugar-laden caffeinated syrup? Not only does Matcha naturally alleviate your cravings for carbonation and caffeine, it also fuels you with vitamins, minerals, and energy. With all that, who needs soda?
Option Two: Fruit Infused Water – Ready to ditch the soda? Water is your best alternative. Give your taste buds something a little more interesting than what comes out of the tap by adding fruit to your glass. Start with a glass of ice-cold water, then add slices of seasonal fruit. Strawberries, oranges, cucumber, mint, lime, and lemon are all great choices. Experiment with different fruits to see what you like, then make pitchers of your favorite so you’ll always have some on hand.
Option Three: Flavored Seltzer – Are you someone who loves the carbonation of soda as much (or more than) the sweetness? Flavored seltzer is a healthier alternative. Start with a glass of sparkling or seltzer water. Add a few slices of citrus (lemon or lime work best). You’ll curb your craving for carbonation without overwhelming your taste buds with sweetness.
Your Next Steps
Take stock of your soda drinking habits. What do you like to drink? When do you like to drink it? What benefits do you feel you get from it? Find alternatives to get those same benefits.
Our best recommendation is to reach for Matcha when you’re getting that craving for your soda or diet soda. It will be the caffeine kick you need to get through your busy day. Happy sipping!