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10 Healthiest Sodas of 2017

Step away from the can of sugary soda and pick up one of these drinks the next time you're craving something bubbly.

10 Healthiest Sodas of 2017

10 Healthiest Sodas of 2017

Step away from the can of sugary soda and pick up one of these drinks the next time you're craving something bubbly.

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.

1

Spindrift Strawberry

Spindrift strawberry

Per 12 oz can: 9 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

2

Waterloo Grapefruit

Waterloo grapefruit

Per 12 oz can: 0 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

3

Live Kombucha

Live Kombucha cola

Per 12 oz can: 35 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 8 g carbs (0 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

4

Dry Sparkling, Ginger

Dry Sparkling ginger

Per 8 oz: 45 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 11 g carbs (0 g fiber, 11 g sugar), 0 g protein

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

5

Polar Seltzer’ade

Polar Seltzerade

Per 8 oz: 0 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

6

Spindrift Orange Mango

Spindrift orange mango

12 oz can: 10 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 1 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 0 g protein

Another favorite from Spindrift, this tropical beverage mixes mango puree with squeezed oranges for a flavor that is both sweet and tart.

7

Farmhouse Culture Gut Punch Sparkling Probiotic Beverage, Cola

Farmhouse Culture gut punch cola

8 oz serving: 20 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 130 mg sodium, 11 g carbs (1 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 1 g protein

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.

8

Izze Fusions, Strawberry Melon

Izze Fusions strawberry melon

12 oz can: 60 calories, 0 g fat, 95 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (15 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

9

Sipp Sparkling Organics

Sipp ginger blossom

10.5 oz can: 88 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (0 g fiber, 18 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

10

Waterloo Lime

Waterloo lime

12 oz can: 0 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

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