The New World of Sodas

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Love a fizzy beverage but know better than to reach for the usual can of high-sugar soda? If you’re mindful about nutrition but enjoy something sweet and bubbly, these four better-for-you choices might be for you.

Soda Specifics

A can of a traditional soda contains carbonated water spiked with high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, flavorings and possibly caffeine. Many also include phosphoric acid.

You don’t need to be a nutrition expert to know that soda can be bad for you. Aside from all the empty calories, all those processed ingredients can have a negative impact on digestion and bone health.

There are some sodas on the scene that use better quality ingredients and cut back on some of the sugar by using fruit juice. Despite the higher end quality of these sparkling drinks, it’s still best to sip in moderation.

San Pellegrino Fruit Beverages

Juices of citrus, pomegranate and prickly pear are combined with sugar and carbonated water. These taste fairly sweet, so it’s a nice idea to dilute with some San Pellegrino sparkling water. Try the Aranciata Rossa (blood orange) for a sweet and sour treat.

Dry Sparkling

These artfully packaged drinks are lightly sweetened with cane sugar. Available in a wide variety of not-too-sweet flavors including Cucumber, Rainier Cherry and Rhubarb, the website features food pairings and mixology recommendations.

Izze

These carbonated juices are made from blends of juice and sparkling water. Flavors include Grapefruit, Blueberry, Apple and Raspberry Mint, and all are naturally colored.

Bruce Cost Ginger Ale

Bruce Cost makes icy cold bottles of unfiltered effervescent ginger root and cane sugar. Spicy fresh ginger can act as a digestive aid and creative flavors like Jasmine Tea and Passion Fruit with Turmeric contain other antioxidant rich ingredients.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

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