Is Sparkling Water a good substitute for Soda?

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    Is Sparkling Water a good substitute for Soda?

    I mean, obviously it has to be better than soda, right? I have a slight addiction to the fizz and flavor of my fav sodas (Big Red and Dr Pepper). Most sparkling waters dont do it for me because the flavor is too watered down. But I have found one that I like, Sparkling Ice. It has 5 cals and a good strong flavor. I used to do Mio, but then thats bad for you evidently(what isnt anymore, really?), and I missed the fizz. I need a lot of sugar to get past the bitterness of tea. Any suggestions to help me kick this addiction? Is sparkling water a good sub?

    #2
    We use LaCroix “essenced” soda water. We used to be heavy wine drinkers. We actually made wine so that we could drink a lot of it. Then we phased back to beers and ales. Then husb got altitude sick on the PCT, and realized alcohol was a major contributor. So, we stopped alcohol, altogether. Started drinking soda water. Tried all the brands and all the flavors. Settled on 4 flavors (pampelmouse, passion fruit, tangerine, key lime) of LaCroix as “the BEST.” But, just with dinner. So it’s a ritual, and remains “special.” Neither of us has ever been a huge soda fan in terms of Coke, Pepsi, etc. But, this is somehow different for us. The fizz is not bothersome like pop is, to me. In fact it’s very thirst quenching, for hot foods in particular. We drink it at room temp. My husb (the chemist) says it’s the carbonic acid in it that quenches thirst so well.
    Anyway, IMO I’d say definitely, it is a good substitute for soda pop.

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      #3
      I also keep just one flavor of sparkling water around for those moments. Also some unflavored sparkling water to which I can add things like fresh orange juice or a handful of frozen fruit.

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        #4
        You can also switch to diet. While many don't really like the taste I've come to prefer it. And yes diet whatever is fine for you but I 100% understand the potential chemical flavor.

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          #5
          Sparkling water (without added sugar or artificial sweeteners) does it for me. I remember thinking they tasted too watered down a long time ago when I was eating a lot of sugar, but that isn't the case any more. I tend to drink it as a treat while I'm making dinner, so it's a special thing for me too.

          I can second LaCroix, or plain sparkling water with lime juice or lemon juice added. As far as I've been able to find, the ones that are just water are fine for you. Whether or not sucralose (the sweetener in Sparkling Ice) is bad for you is debated, but pop is obviously not good for you. Then again, if it's the sugary-taste addiction you're trying to break, then going zero sweeteners is probably the best bet.

          This is a tough one to kick. Good luck!

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            #6
            For a while I was using a machine to make my own sparkling water. You can get flavours to add as well, or just add a bit of orange squash or whatever, like you would for plain water. The downside is you have to mess about with gas cylinders, but the upside is reusable bottles (less plastic) and no lugging bottled water from the supermarket. That said, I went off it because the customer service of the company I was using got worse, so I stopped buying gas and just switched to plain old tap water. Just thought I'd mention it as an option because no one else had. I used to be hooked on Diet Coke, now I'm on one cup of tea per day and water, sometimes with peach squash, plus the occasional recreational beverage.

            For anyone who doesn't have the foggiest what squash is in this context, it's a concentrated drink, you can add about 10ml or so to a glass of water and make a flavoured drink.

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              #7
              Sparkling water is great! The second best option as stated earlier would be diet pop as it at least ditches all those calories and sugar - I recommend Coke Zero if you've never tried it.

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                #8
                Originally posted by CarbonaraTamara View Post
                For a while I was using a machine to make my own sparkling water. You can get flavours to add as well, or just add a bit of orange squash or whatever, like you would for plain water. The downside is you have to mess about with gas cylinders, but the upside is reusable bottles (less plastic) and no lugging bottled water from the supermarket. That said, I went off it because the customer service of the company I was using got worse, so I stopped buying gas and just switched to plain old tap water. Just thought I'd mention it as an option because no one else had. I used to be hooked on Diet Coke, now I'm on one cup of tea per day and water, sometimes with peach squash, plus the occasional recreational beverage.

                For anyone who doesn't have the foggiest what squash is in this context, it's a concentrated drink, you can add about 10ml or so to a glass of water and make a flavoured drink.
                Peach barley robinsons squash

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                  #9
                  Yes! That's the stuff!

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