💯 Why Do One Better
While soda isn't horrible in moderation, there's still loads of sugar and chemicals that can have negative effects. It could be worthwhile to purchase alternatives that are healthier if you plan on consuming soft drinks often.
We don't have a piece on the true cost of soda yet, where we will go further into the environmental and human issues and discuss about the future direction of soda.
For now, take a look at the ingredients below to learn more about why they could prove harmful to you. Also check out other potential brands that we recommend for a more sustainable, ethical and more affordable option!
🗒️ Ingredients to Watch Out For
We recommend you look into more depth about these ingredients and how they could affect your body. Generally, these descriptions should apply to most people. Sourced from EWG, Medical News Today, How Stuff Works, and New York Post.
- Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO): A chemical mostly found in fruit/citrus flavoring that can harm the nervous system (banned in Europe but allowed in the United States).
- Phosphoric Acid: A chemical used to restore rusty metals and remove hard water stains and mineral deposits.
- Sodium Gluconate: Reduces the bitter taste of sweeteners and is found in steel cleaner and in some cement.
- Sodium Benzoate: A common preservative shown to switch off parts of the DNA, linking it to liver problems and Parkinson's disease.
- Acessulfame K: Can cause problems with insulin production when consumed in large quantities.
- Aspartame: An artificial sweetener that can cause or increase the risk of headaches, dizziness, seizures, depression, ADHD, Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, cancer, lupus, or congenital disabilities.
- Caramel Coloring: Gives soda a browner color and has a positive association with risk of hypertension or high blood pressure.
Check out some of these brands for a more sustainable, ethical and affordable option. We know that some prices are higher than average (around $2-$3/can), so we are always on the hunt for more affordable alternatives.
We recommend the following brands because they use quality ingredients (way better than the ones you find in soda) and are healthier by enhancing digestion and improving gut health.
Don't see a brand you believe we should recommend, let us know here!
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