Well, I have degrees in Human Nutrition and Public Health so it was only a matter of time until a health related post appeared on the blog. Right? I have never been a huge soda drinker but I do understand the occasional desire for the bubbly sweetness of an ice cold soda. I get it. Many of us know that as far as our health is concerned there are far better beverage options than soda. But, what if you don’t want to give up those cold crisp bubbles? I’ve got just the thing! Mineral water! Here are 6 reasons to ditch soda and pick up mineral water.
One of the best things about an ice cold soda is the bubbly goodness that we all know and love as carbonation. No worries, when you switch to mineral water you get to keep the fizz! Depending on what brand of mineral water you select there are varying levels of “fizziness.” But, rest assured you will not have to sacrifice your carbonation when you make the switch.
2. No Sugar
At this point most people are aware that sugar is perhaps the worst thing in the American diet. Worse than fat, worse than cholesterol, worse than all of it. In fact, John Yudkin, PhD who was a nutritionist and physiologist tried to warn the world of this truth in 1957. What happened? Well, money happened. Companies like Coca-Cola funded studies to try and silence Yudkin and his findings. Why? Because sugar is cheap and profitable. As a result people moved to low fat food products which typically replace the fat with sugar. Obesity sharply increased and people were left wondering what just happened. With mineral water you avoid this altogether. There is no sugar. Simply water and bubbles.
3. Flavored Options
I may have scared off some soda fanatics in #2 when I mentioned that mineral water is just water and bubbles. But, you do have flavored options! Options like mango, lemon, lime, orange, passion fruit, coconut, apricot, grapefruit etc. Even better, the flavored options have 0 sugar, 0 artificial sweeteners and 0 calories! For this reason they are also a far better option than diet soda. As an aside, drinking a diet soda that is full of chemicals that your body can't process is likely a bad idea anyway. But, we do it in the name of holding on to our soda. Why not make the move to natural sweeteners?
4. Obesity and Dental Cavities
Drinking soda and other sugar sweetened beverages is linked to obesity and dental caries. Additionally, being overweight or obese is often accompanied by comorbidities like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, hypertension and various cancers. That seems like a heavy price to pay for soda. Unfortunately, the statistics surrounding consumption of diet soda are not much better.
5. Caffeine Free
Mineral water is caffeine free. That’s pretty much it.
6. Soda has No Nutritional Value
There is literally nothing good that comes from drinking soda. No vitamins, no nutrients. Lots of empty calories and sugar! Mineral water contains small amounts of minerals and none of the previously mentioned empty calories or sugar.
Making the switch will require a small adjustment period. You will have to get used to the fact that mineral water is simply not as overwhelmingly sweet as a soda. But, this is an adjustment that will be reflected in your overall health, the way you look and the way you feel! Also, sparkling water & soda water can also be good alternatives!