Soda might taste great, but thereâ€™s really nothing about it thatâ€™s good for you. These healthier soda alternatives will help satiate your craving and may even replace your old favorite.
Sure, one could argue that nothing beats a classic cold glass of Coca-Cola, but these soda alternatives capture some of that fizzy magicâ€”and theyâ€™re much better for you. Regular soda is packed with sugar, doesnâ€™t have any nutritional benefits, comes in as one of the leading causes of type 2 diabetes, and can even be addictive.
Itâ€™s fine to drink soda every once in a while, but if youâ€™re really obsessed with it, you may want to swap to something thatâ€™s a bit healthier and still tastes like soda. These alternatives are becoming more popular and are the best out there right now. The selections range from sugar-free drinks to drinks sweetened with sugar alternatives to colas crafted in an old-fashioned way involving less sugar and no high-fructose corn syrup. Regardless of which options you try, though, weâ€™re sure that youâ€™ll find them shockingly flavorful and refreshing.
Olipop Vintage Cola
Iâ€™ve tried a few different soda alternatives, and Olipop is definitely my favorite so far. I love every flavor Iâ€™ve tried, and I find it to be perfectly bubbly, with a taste that doesnâ€™t seem artificial. Itâ€™s made with natural ingredients that work together to promote healthy digestion, along with plant fiber, botanicals, and prebiotics. With only two to five grams of sugar, itâ€™s sweet without being too sweet.
If you really want a soda alternative, the Vintage Cola option is the one to tryâ€”it truly does taste like an old-fashioned soda, just with much less sugar. If youâ€™re into orange soda, Iâ€™m a huge fan of the Orange Squeeze. The only downside to Olipop is that itâ€™s a little pricey, and not as easy to find as some other brands. For me, though, the taste is worth it!
Zevia Dr. Zevia
If diet soda is more your thing, youâ€™ll love Dr. Zevia, which is marketed as a clean alternative to diet soda. Itâ€™s made without all the sugar, with a slightly spicy, citrusy, cherry taste to it that youâ€™ll love. There are no artificial sweeteners, and it also contains caffeine for those who have relied on diet soda for a bit of a boost.
Zevia also makes lots of other flavors as well. Thereâ€™s Cola for thoseÂ who arenâ€™t into diet soda, and Lemon Lime Twist for those who like Sprite. There are even Cream Soda and Ginger Ale flavors (and more).Â All Zevia drinks feature zero calories, zero sugar, and zero caramel color, and they are non-GMO, kosher, vegan, and gluten-free, and donâ€™t contain anything artificial.
Health-Ade Booch Pop
For those who enjoy the taste of kombucha, thereâ€™s Health-Ade Booch Pop, which is kind of like a combination of kombucha and healthy soda. Itâ€™s made with real fruit and plant-based prebiotics, without any artificial sweeteners or Stevia thrown inâ€”this is a big plus for me personally, as I hate the taste of artificial sweeteners.
The fermentation benefits can help lead to a healthier gut, so you can drink this knowing that it might actually be doing some good in there. Itâ€™s sweet without being too fake-sweet, and it comes in several different flavorsâ€”Lemon Lime is great for those who love Sprite or anything similar.
Poppi Healthy Sparkling Prebiotic Soda
Youâ€™ve likely heard about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, but if youâ€™ve ever tried to take a shot of it, you know that it, uh, doesnâ€™t taste that great. You can get the purported health benefits of ACV with Poppi Healthy Sparkling Prebiotic Soda, thoughâ€”and it tastes delicious.
This is another kind of better-for-you soda packed with prebiotics for a healthier gut. Each can contains about one tablespoon of pure, unfiltered ACV (which is about what you should get from it on its own as well), but you canâ€™t taste it at all. So, you get the full benefits without that nasty flavor! Orange soda lovers should definitely try the orange Poppi flavor, although theyâ€™re all goodâ€”sweet but not too sweet, and with a natural taste.
Virgilâ€™s Zero Sugar Root Beer
If youâ€™re looking to cut down on your sugar intake while still enjoying the taste of soda, and youâ€™re also not particularly interested in any added health benefits, Virgilâ€™s Zero Sugar sodas are a great pick. These donâ€™t have any trendy health claims, but they are made with zero sugarâ€”instead, theyâ€™re made with natural ingredients like licorice, vanilla, cinnamon, molasses, and more.
There are a few different classic soda flavors, but the root beer flavor seems to be a general favorite. One Amazon reviewer noted, â€œSeems impossible that a soda with no sugar or toxic sweeteners can taste like this, but tasting is believing.â€�
United Sodas of America
United Sodas of America come in a bunch of different fun flavors and are made with zero artificial ingredients. Theyâ€™re also organically sweetened and super low in calories. According to their website, their flavors are â€œproprietary recipes, made with hand-picked ingredients derived directly from nature. United Sodas are then pasteurized to retain their natural freshness without the chemicals.â€�
Cherry soda fans will love the Cherry Pop flavor, which the brand describes as â€œa Shirley Temple for grown-ups.â€� Itâ€™s sweet without being overwhelming and has a fresh, fruity flavor. You can also opt for the variety pack if you want to taste a few different flavors.
Dona makes beverages with real spices rather than artificial flavorings. They make tea concentrates that are spice-based to create really interesting, full flavors that are healthy, refreshing, and high-quality. This is a pretty unique option, so if youâ€™re looking to try something really different, Dona Sodas are a great choice.
There are only three flavors, and the Pink Peppercorn is the general favorite. Itâ€™s made with cracked pink pepper, lemon, and elderberries, and just a pinch of sweetness.
Minna Organic Sparkling Tea
Minna Organic Sparkling Tea might be, well, sparkling tea, but itâ€™s still a better and healthier alternative to soda. These lightly brewed teas are blended with flavors and bubbles so that theyâ€™re gently carbonated. There are no added sugars or sweeteners, so they have a fresh, light taste that really stands out.
Theyâ€™re also made with natural caffeine for a little bit of an energy boost, but theyâ€™re unsweetened, so donâ€™t expect them to taste as sweet as some other options here. The variety pack is a great way to try all of their flavors.