Do you find yourself craving soda pop – especially during an afternoon slump? If so, you may be wondering if a daily soda is really all that bad.
So sorry to give you the bad news.
The answer is yes! Even the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) points out that sodas are terrible for your health. A major reason is because of the refined sugar found in sodas. The CDC has long warned that drinking sugar-loaded beverages can adversely affect your health.
Peering beyond all the glamor and hype in marketing sodas, you’ll find that many brands are loaded with sugar. In fact, a typical 12-oz. can of soda typically contain about 30 to 42 grams of sugar. That’s equivalent to 7–10 teaspoons of refined white sugar -- in just one can!
If you drink sugar-sweetened beverages on a regular basis, the CDC reveals that this “is associated with weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney diseases, non-alcoholic liver disease, tooth decay and cavities, and gout, a type of arthritis.”1 Ouch!! No wonder the CDC recommends that you limit your sugary drink intake. And of course, ideally, you would consume ZERO refined sugar.
Should you switch to artificial sweeteners?
You may wonder how you can avoid consuming white, refined sugar – but still get the boost you want from a fizzy drink. What about sodas with artificial sweeteners such as acesulfame-K, aspartame, saccharin, or sucralose?
Artificial sweeteners may be tempting since they do not have any calories (and still give you a sweet taste). However, this can be a dangerous combination because they do not give you a sense of fullness and instead, train you to consume more and more. It’s easy to end up drinking too much and become addicted to the sweet taste. Many people gain weight (yes, even from drinking artificial sweeteners). In fact, much more appears to be at stake, since many people who cut out drinking artificial sweeteners have reported that they notice improvements in many of their health concerns such as headaches, weight gain, low energy, mood swings, brain fog, and much more.
The Solution You’ll LOVE!
Did we all fool ourselves by believing that consuming artificial chemicals (with their sweet taste) was going to be just fine for us? It’s really time to say “no” to artificial sweeteners – or artificial “anything” for that matter – and get back to consuming “real food,” and healthy drinks.
You’ll love switching to the better concept for soda: make a fabulous afternoon pick-me-up with sparkling water and stir in a tablespoon of “real fruit,” velvety liquid black cherry concentrate. It has an excellent sweet taste – but want it even sweeter? Just add a tablespoon of unpasteurized, raw honey for an even sweeter taste. No guilt needed – eating high-quality honey is super good for you! You’ll enjoy the genuine cherry flavor from real fruit (no imitation taste here!) – with lots of bubbly fizz!
Delicious Cherry Pop Recipe – with the “Yum” Factor
Here’s an easy recipe for “real fruit” soda:
8 oz. Sparkling Water
2 tablespoons -- Black Cherry Concentrate
1 tablespoon -- Unpasteurized, Raw Honey (Get this from a trusted company – often, honey sources may have sugar syrup added to it, not declared on the label.)
Directions: Simply add the cherry concentrate and honey to the sparkling water and gently mix. Drink immediately. Delicious … satisfying … and 100% real ingredients.
Your gut also thanks you!
Even your gut will thank you for stepping up to “real food” drinks. Refined sugar and artificial sweeteners are the enemies of your gut microbiome – this is the vast micro-community of trillions of micro-organisms that live in your intestines that act together to keep you healthy. Since your microbiome profoundly acts to influence your entire body, it has been named “your second brain.”
Now you can feed your “second brain” – as well as your “first brain” – with real food drinks! It’s whole-body, real-food nutrition.
Give yourself the best of health with genuine ingredients to build your energy and stamina
so you can accomplish all your heartfelt desires.