Are you looking to cease drinking so much soda?
Even if you don’t have a ‘cola addiction’ too much high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners like aspartame aren’t good for you. You can read the headlines “OK in moderation”, but because High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is in so many foods and drinks, it’s very hard to practice actual ‘moderation’, because it keeps popping up in so many unexpected places. Eliminating or cutting down on soda for any reason is a good move for better health, weight loss, better digestion, and so much more. But then, why is it still so popular?Hibisco
Tasty & Fun:
Denying the facts won’t work: soda & cola is tasty and fun to drink. The bubbles make it more enjoyable, and the range of flavors and brands can suit anyone’s tastes. So, if you need to cut down on cola you need to avoid feeling deprived. Having to ‘miss out’ and dealing with disappointment every day isn’t the path to success or even contentment. It makes it too easy to go back to less healthy drink options. Replacing soda with water or tea might not be enough for success if they make you feel deprived.
Avoid the fruit juice pitfall
Lots of people look to fruit juice hoping it’s the better option for weight loss or blood sugar help. Maybe replacing orange soda with orange juice would solve the issue? After all, the ads for OJ tell you about how healthy it is at every turn. But… a typical 8 ounce glass of orange juice has 22 grams of sugar while 8 ounces of several different sodas have about 26 grams. You might as well be serving soda for breakfast, at the amount of sugar that’s in OJ. Apple juice has 24 grams. High fructose corn syrup, cane juice and sugar all cause inflammation when eaten excessively, and they feed bad bacteria in the digestive system. It doesn’t matter if it’s “Fortified with vitamin c & d”, it’s still way too sweet and will sabotage your efforts if you skip soda & replace it with bottled or carton fruit juice.
Flavor power to the rescue:
So what are you supposed to do? Learn how to mix up something else to drink that’s fast, flavorful and better for you. There is no single solution, because everyone’s tastes are different, but it’s recipes to the rescue here. When you choose the aspects you want (fizz + flavors + caffeine or not, etc.) you can concoct a drink or drinks that taste as good as, or better than soda so you won’t feel like you’re being deprived. Something delicious will make it easy to switch to a healthier refreshment.
Fizz source- Club soda, lightly flavored carbonated water, and just plain old ‘carbonated water’ will give you the fizz and bubbles you crave for texture. All you require to do is figure out how to avoid diluting it too much when you add more flavor… with some handy tips.
Fresh squeeze: You don’t need 100% juice when you’re using real fresh (or frozen) fruits. All fruit juices on store shelves have to be pasteurized for safety when they’re packaged. This means the juice is heated to kill bacteria, but this also kills the flavor! Heat treated juices are much less tasty & vibrant than raw fresh juice you squeeze yourself, so you need much more of it (or treated HFCS juice) to get the flavor. Example: Fresh lime juice tastes much different than bottled.