Sunday, November 23, 2008

Zevia!

Tonic, soda, Coke, pop...how ever you call them, fizzy drinks are refreshing and delicious. But whether it is due to the sugar and high fructose corn syrup, the artificial sweeteners or the phosphoric acid, carbonated beverages are also very unhealthy. The book Skinny Bitch even references a study about how diet soda when consumed with carbs (one Big Mac meal with a diet Coke, please) will cause serotonin levels to drop. AHA! No wonder fat people are depressed. It's not just because of the size of our arses.

While we've never been a big soda pop household, I did buy it occasionally and I definitely loved to indulge in an icy cold Coke when we went out to eat. But it's something that I've had to give up in my quest for a healthier lifestyle. And when it comes time for a splurge, the empty calories of soda pop is not going to be my top choice. But what happens when I want to have a "can of tonic" or make myself a Dark N' Stormy? Zevia, that's what!

Zevia is the first soda pop sweetened with stevia that I've ever come across. I picked up a can of the lemon twist and a can of ginger beer when I was last at Whole Foods. They've been chilling in the fridge for a week or so, but I just cracked open the lemon twist to give it a try. I am impressed. It's light, crisp and refreshing with much less aftertaste than I get with aspartame. It's not something I'll keep stocked all the time but for when I really want a fizzy drink, I'll know where to go. And I'm definitely going to enjoy my Dark N' Stormy on Thanksgiving weekend. :)


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