Easy Transitions: Soft Drinks

Maybe you aren’t ready yet to revamp your diet completely, but there are some easy steps you can take towards ridding yourself of processed foods. 
Transitioning to a real food diet is a great idea, but everyone has a few items they just aren’t yet ready to forgo. For some it’s soft drinks a.k.a. pop, fizzy drinks, soda.

 Regular soft drinks are generally sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. If you don’t know why that’s a problem, read about it here. Diet drinks are sweetened with artificial sweeteners that are just as bad if not worse. More on that here
So what can you do if you’re a total addict?  
Try finding a soft drink made with sugar. There are a few soft drinks made with sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup, such as:
Sierra Mist Natural
Some companies make alternate versions of their regular drink with sugar instead of HFCS:
Pepsi Throwback
Mountain Dew Throwback
Another way to get soft drinks made with sugar is to stock up on kosher-for-Passover versions of your favorite soft drink when Passover rolls around in late March or early April.
While not soft drinks, note that some types of Gatorade and Snapple are now made with sugar.
You have to read labels! Schweppes Tonic Water and Ginger Ale are sold in Canada with sugar, but the American version has HFCS. Check the labels on the products in your own country.
Now just in case you are thinking happy, happy thoughts, let me remind you that none of these drinks is even remotely healthy. A much better idea is to reduce your consumption or cut it out entirely. But if you’re not ready to do that yet, try to find and non-HCFS version.

8 comments:

Lea H said...

Thank you for sharing this on Whole Health Weekend link-up!

Carol J. Alexander said...

Adding fruit juice to seltzer water or kombucha are good alternatives to try. Soda is a rarity for us.

Jenny said...

Mountain Dew Throwback is one of our favorites. 7 up has a sugar version now (retro,I think it's called) and Dr. Pepper...but it's much harder to find in my area.

The 7 up tastes slightly less "fake" to me than the Sierra Mist.

Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures said...

Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasure's Whole Health Weekend Link-Up.

Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

Christy said...

In our area you can get Coke made with real sugar in the Mexican section of many grocery stores - in glass bottles.

Ruth @ Ruth's Real Food said...

Where are you located, Christy?

Dana said...

Great series on sweeteners! I found you on Day2DayJoys and am very glad I stopped by. One other reason to stop the diet cola is that it turns to formaldehyde inside your body - ICK! That's like being embalmed before your time (and it is a chemical that my body is particularly sensitive to). But, once you start drinking these sweet, brisk, fizzy drinks - it is SO HARD TO STOP!! I have recently fallen off the wagon again, but am determined to stop again - for good.

And my heart just breaks when I see very young kids drinking sodas. It is so horrible for them!!

I'd be honored if you stopped by my blog as well sometime. Blessings.

tessa said...

Ruth - I just saw your comment - I live in Indiana near Fort Wayne.

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