Have you heard of Zevia? It is a natural alternative to soft drinks and diet sodas! I'm not much of a soda drinker, but every once in a while I do like to have a coke or root beer with my dinner. I try to stay away from it, though, because I know how unhealthy it is. And of course, I'm not too keen on diet sodas either...I've heard too many bad things about the artificial sweeteners in diet drinks. I was thrilled to hear about Zevia, though...instead of artificial junk sweetening, these sodas have Stevia in them! In case you're not familiar with stevia, here's some information from the Zevia website:
"Stevia is an herb in the sunflower family, native to subtropical and tropical South America and Central America. For centuries, the Guarani Native Americans of Paraguay and Brazil used stevia as a sweetener in native foods and medicinal teas. The extract from the stevia leaf has no calories, no effect on blood sugar levels, and is hundreds of times sweeter than sugar.
Some stevia extracts may have a bitter after taste at high concentrations. Zevia® Natural Diet Soda is formulated with erythritol, a natural sugar alcohol which counteracts this effect. Zevia LLC has a patent pending on its unique and delicious flavor formula.
In 2006 and 2008 the World Health Organization evaluated numerous stevia studies and concluded that stevia is safe. Among other things, the World Health Organization presented evidence of beneficial effects on hypertension and diabetes. Click Here for the WHO Research."
Zevia soda comes in 7 different flavors-Cola, Ginger Root Beer, Twist, Ginger Ale, Black Cherry, Orange, and Dr. Zevia. I let my Dad try the cola, since he is the big coke drinker in our house. He said there was a small flavor difference...basically you could tell it was a "diet" drink (no, he doesn't drink diet sodas at all, he's hooked on regular coke!). I actually liked the orange flavor best. It tasted like normal orange soda, and had a very refreshing flavor. The Dr. Zevia is of course like Dr. Pepper, and the Twist is a lemon-lime flavor.
"ZEVIA, pronounced zē-vē-ah, was the first and remains the best tasting 100% natural, zero calorie soda. With only the purest ingredients, ZEVIA contains none of the chemically processed artificial sugar substitutes, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives found in other diet sodas. ZEVIA is 100% natural, has zero calories, zero net carbs, zero fat, and little or no sodium (depending on flavor)."
Zevia is giving a 6-pack variety of Soda to one of my readers!
Go to the Zevia Store Locator and tell me your closest store that carries Zevia! (Zevia is also available online if you don't have a store close enough that carries it!)