Everyone craves something refreshing and bubbly once in awhile, but if you’re watching your sugar intake, you may want to choose your carbonated beverage carefully. One can of Coke contains over nine teaspoons of sugar, which will tack empty calories and simple carbohydrates into your diet. Considering the American Heart Association recommends only nine teaspoons of added sugar per day for men (and just six teaspoons for women!) sipping on sugary soda can quickly take a toll on your health. Soda consumption has been linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease, so it’s better to quit the habit once and for all.
The next time a soda craving strikes, consider sipping one of these healthier alternatives that hit it big in 2017 instead, all of which are high in flavor and low in sugar and calories. If you’re looking for pointers on the kinds of beverages you should avoid, take a peek at our list of 40 Drinks You Should Never Drink After 40.
Think of this fruity sip as a low-calorie lime Rickey. Spindrift fuses locally-sourced strawberries with lime juice to create a fizzy beverage that is flavorful but remarkably low in sugar.
Skip orange soda the next time you want something citrusy and try this grapefruit-flavored sparkling water. With zero grams of sugar, you can chug this addictive beverage guilt-free.
If you have been on the fence about trying kombucha, Live’s soda-flavored options are a great place to start. With flavors that range from Cola to Root Beer, you can get a dose of probiotics and indulge your soda craving at the same time.
Dry Sparkling, Ginger
Ginger Ale is a childhood favorite, but traditional cans contain nearly as much sugar as Coke. The next time you’re looking for a subtly spicy soda, consider trying Dry’s version, which has more flavor and less sugar than the ginger drinks you sipped as a kid. Find out why ginger made it onto our list of The 5 Healthiest Spices on the Planet
If it’s carbonation you’re searching for, Polar’s Seltzer’ades are certainly high on the fizz factor. There is a multitude of creative flavor options such as Mango Limeade and Raspberry Pink Lemonade.
Spindrift Orange Mango
Another favorite from Spindrift, this tropical beverage mixes mango puree with squeezed oranges for a flavor that is both sweet and tart.
Farmhouse Culture Gut Punch Sparkling Probiotic Beverage, Cola
This soda-inspired probiotic beverage is fermented with cabbage, giving it a slightly vinegary taste. With folate and fiber, you can feel good about upping your nutrient intake while indulging in this Cola-flavored drink. Eager to jump on the kombucha bandwagon? Find out why we named this gut-healthy beverage one of the 20 Foods You Need to Eat in 2018.
Izze Fusions, Strawberry Melon
Sort of like juice and sparkling water’s love child, this fizzy drink is filled with natural fruit flavors and bubbles. And with only 60 calories, and no artificial sweeteners or flavors, it’s one you can feel good about.
Sipp Sparkling Organics
If you really want to make sure you’re eating (and drinking) organic, Sipp may be the brand for you. Every soda is USDA-certified organic, so you can rest assured that the delicious drink you’re guzzling is natural and pesticide-free.
This sparkling water is totally calorie-free but filled with citrusy lime flavor. It’s a great choice for when you’re craving something light, slightly tart, and refreshing. Looking for more healthy beverage options? Check out our list of The 10 Best Drinks for Weight Loss.