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12 Sodas That Are Actually Healthy

If you like bubbly beverages best but know they're the worst for weight loss, keep carbonation in your life with these healthy brands.
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Instead of quitting cold turkey, maybe it's time you start sipping on some healthy soda. You probably never thought you'd see the words "healthy" and "soda" together, but that's because we aren't talking about cola, root beer, or any other sugary sweet cans. According to a report by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, one serving of those a day can raise your heart disease risk by 35 percent. And don't even try replacing them with the diet versions, which are filled with equally harmful artificial sweeteners that can cause your body to hold on to fat.

So no, we're not talking about your standard stuff. We're talking about brands that fall into the true definition of soda: carbonated water. That means healthy soda does exist; it's just been hiding this whole time in sparkling waters, seltzers, and club sodas. These can be just as tasty as the pop you love to crack open, but with far less sugar and calories.

Not convinced yet? Take a look at the most popular sodas ranked by how toxic they are and you'll be switching over to one of these in no time.



can of cucumber spindrift
Courtesy of Spindrift

Per 1 can (12 fl oz): 1 – 15 calories, 0 g fat, 0 – 3 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 – 3 g sugar), 0 g protein

If these cute cans don't draw you in, the nutrition label sure will. While each of the seven flavors varies slightly, all of them are low-cal and low-sugar with natural ingredients. In fact, they're the first and only sparkling water brand in America with real, squeezed fruit, which is picked from family farms, squeezed, and canned. This makes for a bubbly beverage that's slightly pulpy and totally delicious.


Poland Spring Sparklers

poland springs sparklers cans

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

Letting go of your go-to might be easier than you thought with these colorful Poland Spring Sparklers cans. Not only are they zero-calorie drinks with yummy flavors like pomegranate lemonade and acai blueberry, but they'll make that hissing sound you know and love when you crack them open, which might help you forget it's not the sugary stuff you're used to. In fact, these are far from it with a nutrition panel that boasts a bunch of zeros and an ingredients list that lacks both added sugars and sweeteners. Feel free to mix things up with any of these best teas for weight loss once you start slugging these back.


Bai Bubbles

bai bubble grapefruit

Per 1 can (11.5 fl oz): 5 calories, 0 g fat, 10 mg sodium, 9 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 0 g protein

Say bye to the bad when you chug any of the ten Bai Bubbles flavors. While we personally recommend Peru Pineapple or Indonesia Apple Pear, you can't go wrong, thanks to their low-cal, low-sugar standard. The carbonated drinks don't include any artificial sweeteners, but are sweetened with stevia extract, which is a natural calorie-free sweetener we like (in moderation). According to a study in Appetite, people who drank tea with regular sugar ate 300 more calories throughout the day compared to those who drank stevia-sweetened tea. Pair the benefits of that with a quarter of your daily Vitamin C dose plus 45 milligrams of natural caffeine, and you'll be wondering why you weren't drinking Bai all along.


Vintage Seltzer Water

vintage seltzer products

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

It's time we went back to our roots, back to the good old days when every bite and every sip wasn't filling our bodies with artificial additives. That's where Vintage comes in. Their seltzer water keeps healthy hydration simple with carbonated water and natural flavors that satisfy your taste buds without sacrificing your well-being. Both of these ingredients are present in a can of standard cola, but they're joined by carcinogenic caramel color and high fructose corn syrup. When we put it like that, it's clear that going Vintage means putting your best foot forward.



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Per 1 can: 0 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

You didn't think we'd make it through our list of healthy sodas without featuring this fan favorite, did you? If you've heard the hype, you know that LaCroix is killing the sparkling water game right now with 20 flavors in trendy, colorful cans that work just as well on your Instagram account as they do in your bodies. Open up your liquor cabinet and mix up a guilt-free cocktail with one of these light and fizzy drinks, or just crack one open on its own for a yummy choice that's free of calories, sodium, sugar, and sweeteners.

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bottles of izze sparkling water

Per 1 can (12 fl oz): 10 calories, 0 g fat, 10 mg sodium, 2 g carbs, (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g protein

Bubbly gets even better when Izze gets involved. With only 10 calories and 10 milligrams of sodium in each bottle, you can slug one of these back every time you're craving carbonation and not feel guilty about it. The ingredients list does feature cane sugar, but that only amounts to 2 grams of sugar per serving — much better than the 44 grams found in an orange Fanta of the same size. Head to the store and pick up all three flavors — raspberry watermelon, blackberry pear, and mandarin lime — in one trip.


Honest Fizz

honest fizz

Per 1 can (12 fl oz): 0 calories, 0 g fat, 25 mg sodium, 6 – 8 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

You may be familiar with this organic brand's line of tea, but their zero-calorie sodas are here to compete for your favorite Honest product. Each flavor is fat- and sugar-free, sweetened with sweeteners stevia and erythritol, the latter of which has no effect on blood glucose levels. That's all music to our ears, but the only thing we aren't digging is the caramel color hiding in the ingredients list of the root beer, ginger ale, and cherry flavors. This is a dye commonly found in dark-colored sodas that has been linked to cancer in animals, so scope out the Orange Pop and Lemon Limey cans if possible.



perrier sparkling water cans

Per 1 can (8.5 fl oz): 0 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

Originating in France, this brand has been stateside since the '70s and we can't imagine healthy hydration without it. Their sparkling mineral water is made up only of carbonated water and natural flavors, which is pretty incredible considering you need both hands to count the ingredients on the back of a Diet Coke can. With enough fruity flavors to compete with other popular brands, this isn't an import to overlook.


Zevia Soda

cans of zevia

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

Say hello to the first stevia soda! It's a good thing the parents who founded Zevia wanted healthier sodas for their kids to drink because now we have another scale-friendly option to add to our shopping list. This was the first soda brand to use stevia, combining the leaf extract with citric acid, carbonated water, and natural flavors. Don't let the word "acid" scare you; citric acid is a safe additive that's naturally found in many fruits, and all of these ingredients add up to a yummy, sometimes caffeinated, zero-calorie soda. So chug another one if you're parched — there are 14 flavors to choose from after all.


Q Club Superior

q club superior club soda bottles

Per 1 bottle (237 mL): 0 calories, 0 g fat, 50 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

When it comes to crafting club soda, Q Club Superior is seriously committed. Their product isn't just sold in extra thick bottles to house as much carbonation as possible, but dashed with Himalayan salt, which is known for its high mineral content. Sometimes simple can go a long way, so drink a bottle of Q when you've got a carbonation craving or use it as a mixer.


Polar Seltzer'ade

can of polar seltzerade

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

When life gave Polar lemons, they made lemon seltzer'ade. While their cans come in sweet flavors like raspberry, cherry, watermelon, blueberry, and mango, there aren't any added sweeteners, sugars, or juices inside — just a refreshing, bubbly beverage. This is just another addition to the family-owned company's seltzer products, so if you're a fan of these lemonades, there's more where that came from!


Tickle Water

tickle water cans
Courtesy of Tickle

Per 1 can: (8 fl oz): 0 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

We love a nutrition label with zeros all across the board, especially when it's a sugary soda replacement like this. Tickle Water was created as a healthy alternative for children, but loved by adults just as much for its lack of calories, sugar, and sweeteners. So there's no shame in slugging one back yourself or even grabbing a second. Each one is made only of carbonated water and natural flavors, which means there's no need to be worried about the chemicals in your soda.


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