The average American consumes around 714 eight-ounce servings (equaling about 476 cans) of soda each year – that’s more than one can per day. (Source: Reuters) That’s a lot of soda!
Soda is so engrained in our culture. You can’t go out to eat without seeing soda on the menu, and there’s a whole aisle dedicated to it at the grocery store. It’s everywhere you look, so it’s no wonder that so many people consume it daily.
Unfortunately, soda is loaded with highly processed sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners like aspartame or sucralose. And that's not to mention all of the other toxic chemicals and dyes used to make this totally nutrient-void beverage.
Soda is one of the many contributors to the U.S. population’s rising obesity epidemic. Today more than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese. And approximately 17% (12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese. (Source: CDC)
So what can we do to help address something that is so engrained into our culture like soda? Support companies that are looking to change things for the better. Companies like Zevia.
If you’re into natural health, you’ve probably heard of stevia by now. If not, stevia is a small shrub that is a member of Asteraceae family of plants, more commonly referred to as the “sunflower family.” The scientific name for stevia is stevia rebaudiana.
The native peoples of Paraguay have known about the stevia plant for centuries and have employed it to sweeten their beverages for many generations. The rest of the world only really “discovered” stevia at the end of the 19th century.
Zevia is an all-natural soda sweetened with Reb-A (Stevia Extract), a natural sweetening ingredient that is naturally extracted from the stevia leaf. Reb A can be used in powder or liquid form to increase sweetening intensity and enhance taste. In its highly purified form, it has sweetness of 250-350 times that of an equal weight of sugar. Read more about the stevia extract used in Zevia here.
My Experience with Zevia
I had the chance to try out 12 of Zevia’s current flavors (well I have all of them in my fridge, but I have only made my way through about half of the flavors so far):
- Black Cherry
- Caffeine Free Cola
- Cream Soda
- Dr. Zevia
- Ginger Ale
- Ginger Root Beer
- Grapefruit Citrus
- Lemon Lime Twist
- Mountain Zevia
There are 3 new flavors that I haven’t gotten to try out yet:
While it is sweet, stevia does not taste exactly like sugar. So don’t expect Zevia to taste exactly like the toxic soda you’re used to. It doesn’t.
It may taste a little different to you at first, but stick with it. Your body will thank you for not putting processed sugar and artificial sweeteners in it!
I like the Ginger Ale. I had an upset belly and it did the old-fashioned trick of settling it down (for a couple hours at least).
The Grapefruit Citrus reminds me of Uruguay – grapefruit soda was huge there. I let the girls have a taste and they both liked it.
I was a Mountain Dew addict in college, so I had to try out the Mountain Zevia. I liked that it wasn’t so sickly sweet like its conventional counterpart.
I think my favorite flavor so far is the Ginger Root Beer – yum! I just finished drinking this one because Kaylee helped herself to a can, then dropped in on the ground and it exploded open, so we dumped it in glasses and shared it. We all enjoyed it.
I’m looking forward to working my way through all of the flavors in the coming weeks. If you haven’t had the opportunity to try Zevia yet, you can search for a store near you that carries it on the Zevia website.
One Happy Mothering reader will win a rainbow case of Zevia All Natural Soda (24 cans per case) during the Wholly Guacamole It’s a Hop Event, which runs from April 1-10.
Thank you to Zevia for providing the products mentioned in this post for review. Although I received these products at no charge, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.