On a hot summer’s day, there’s nothing like a cool, refreshing sip of bright, bubbly soda. It’s revitalizing and delicious, and with an abundance of flavors, there’s a soda out there for everyone.
Soda is the perfect pick-me-up after a workout, an alcohol-free alternative to your favorite cocktail, or the ideal effervescent boost during that afternoon slump. However, sodas are often packed full of sugar, and diet versions are sweetened with harmful artificial sweeteners such as aspartame.
Here at PlantX, we want you to be able to enjoy sodas without worrying about your teeth, your health and the planet. That’s why we’ve sourced a spectacular range of sodas, packed full of plant power, so you can enjoy that deliciously bubbly mouthfeel, that energizing boost, and that cooling burst of refreshment, with none of the bad stuff!
Origins of Soda
Did you know that sodas have been around for hundreds of years? In the medieval Middle East, fruit-flavored soft drinks served over ice were very popular, made with lemon, pomegranate, sumac, mint and tamarind. Lemonade-like drinks were enjoyed in Tudor England and 17th century France! Carbonated water was developed in England in 1767, and effervescent drinks were marketed as health products, thought to cure all sorts of ailments! And so, our familiar fizzy soda was born, made with carbonated water, fruit or herbal extracts and sweeteners such as honey or sugar. Since then, sodas of all flavors and varieties have only grown in popularity!
What are the health concerns regarding conventional sodas?
Conventional sodas made by big brands have been linked to several health concerns. This is largely because they are packed with sugar or artificial sweeteners. In fact, soda is thought to be the largest source of added sugar in American diets, with one 12oz can of cola containing 10 teaspoons of sugar (that’s more than we should eat in a whole day!). Excessive soda consumption has been linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay.
Here at PlantX, we recommend that you drink 8 glasses of water each day for maximum health and hydration, however we know that sometimes we all want a sip of something sweet and bubbly. Therefore, we have made sure that it is possible to enjoy all the delightful aspects of refreshing soda, without the health concerns. Kids and adults alike will enjoy our range of natural sodas that are delicious, stimulating and hydrating, without the need for ounces of sugar or artificial sweeteners, flavorings or colorings.
PlantX Top Tip: While many of our sodas are sugar-free, or naturally sweetened with fruit juice, anything fizzy or acidic can be bad for tooth enamel. We recommend enjoying our sodas through a reusable straw to protect those pearly whites!
Sodas - PlantX Style!
We’ve got an amazing range of sodas that you can feel good about drinking! Here are some of our top picks for that perfect soft summer sip.
We’ve mentioned that sodas used to be marketed as health products - what if you could drink soda and support your digestive health while you’re at it? Not only is this soda not bad for you, it’s actually bursting with prebiotic benefits!
Poppi Prebiotic Soda is made with gut-boosting ACV, along with sparkling filtered water and natural fruit flavors. And with only 20 calories in each can (compared to around 150 in each can of regular soda), you can sip without guilt! Choose from sweet and zingy Strawberry Lemon, refreshing Watermelon or zesty Orange.
Step away from the Mountain Dew! Conventional energy drinks on the market are (dare we say it?) even worse than normal sodas. These effervescent energy-boosters are packed with caffeine and sugar, and may lead to accelerated heart rate, high blood pressure, anxiety and insomnia. They also result in the double whammy of the sugar/caffeine crash, and can be highly addictive.
But with Matchabar Hustle Matcha Energy Drinks, there’s no need to go cold turk- Ahem.. tofurky. These delicious, sugar-free, revitalizing sodas are made with ceremonial grade matcha to give you a sustained boost, without the crash or jitters. Choose from four delicious plant-powered flavors made with real fruit juice and botanical extracts, in Berry, Mint, Peach or Lemon & Lime.
While this zesty soda does contain some sugar (although 30% less than other similar drinks), we couldn’t resist including it in our top picks.
Made with world renowned San Pellegrino sparkling mineral water and real fruit juice, this Italian classic is one of the most refreshing drinks around. Swap Fanta, Orangeade or Sprite for San Pellegrino Citrus Soda and you won’t look back. Available in Aranciata Orange, Clementina and Limonata flavors, you will be transported to an Italian citrus orchard with one aromatic, summery sip.
Most of our sodas come in recyclable aluminium cans. Aluminium is much easier and more cost effective to recycle than plastic, and doing this has huge environmental benefits and preserves raw materials in the earth’s crust. Aluminium products like soda cans can be melted down and reused again and again. Make sure to dispose of your cans in your household recycling. If you’re enjoying one of our sodas on the fly, keep the can with you until there is an opportunity to recycle it!