5 Better-For-You Beverages to Buy Online Right Now
A nutritionist shares the drinks worth sipping.
Consumer demand for healthy beverages has been increasing — and food companies have been responding. According to the 2015-2020 dietary guidelines for Americans, close to 70 percent of Americans consume more than the daily recommended amount of added sugars, with beverages like soft drinks being a big source of added sugars and part of the problem. In response, beverage companies have started coming out with low- or no-sugar options. If you're looking to lower your sugar intake, here are five beverages you might want to give a whirl.
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Offered in Mango Hibiscus, Lemon Rose, Pomegranate Geranium, Grapefruit Lilac and Plum Jasmine, Blossom Water is a lightly sweet, refreshing beverage that only contains 10 calories per 8 fluid ounces. A great source of gut-healthy probiotics, these beverages get their sweet boost from Reb M stevia leaf and organic cane sugar.
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If you simply can't kick soda, try opting for an organic, sugar-free option with no added color. Since DRY soda gets its sweetness from erythritol and stevia leaf extract, it only contains 10 calories and 2 grams of carbs per 12-ounce can. Find them in flavors including Cola, Peach Tea, Mountain Berry and Island Fruit.
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There's really no better beverage for your body than water, and with many plastic bottles ending up in landfills, Pathwater has come up with a sustainable and durable aluminum option. You purchase the bottle filled with filtered water, and once you’re done sipping you can refill your bottle and reuse.
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Even the most delicious sparkling water can't provide us with an important element of soda — caffeine. That is, until now. Wave Soda Sparkling Juice uses green coffee beans to add 42 milligrams of caffeine to each 12-fluid-ounce can. And since this line uses fruit juice to flavor soda water, you only get 25 calories and 6 grams of sugar. Look for them in apple, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, cucumber, blueberry and blackberry.
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What makes this vegetable-infused drink stand out from the rest? The addition of Whole30-approved collagen protein. Rather than wasting vegetable skin, Medlie incorporates it into drinks for an extra boost. Although more research is needed on the touted health benefits of collagen, you can still look to Medlie as a good way to get in your veggies.
Bottom Line: While these refreshing beverages aid in reducing sugar, remember there’s no one food (or drink in this case!) that will solve all your problems. It’s all about the foods and drinks present in your diet and your overall lifestyle.
Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. She is the author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day.
*This article was written and/or reviewed by an independent registered dietitian nutritionist.