When thirst calls, nothing quenches quite like a sparkling beverage. But if the latest research is anything to go by, soda isn’t what we should be reaching for. Not only does it dull your taste buds, but new research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that consuming diet soda increased abdominal obesity in adults over the age of 65, while a study published in the journal Circulation says it could lead to 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide. And it doesn’t take much to ditch the sugary stuff. Just swap one sugary drink a day for a healthy one, and you’ll reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes by 25%. So what are you waiting for?
We’ve rounded up some of the best homemade sodas using a few fresh ingredients and bubbles courtesy of your own carbonation system, SodaStream. Now you can enjoy the flavors you love with the fizz you crave and just a fraction of the sugar you’ll find in commercial kinds. Scroll down for a few of our favorite healthy soda alternatives you’ll love.
Williams-Sonoma Boos End-Grain Rectangular Chopping Block ($350)
Jonathan Adler Natural and Gold Agate Coasters ($125)