As hard as sparkling waters try, they can never quite quench a thirst for the ridiculously sweet soda you might be avoiding in the name of your health.
But now, sparkling water isn’t your only options for quelling soda cravings. The newest delicious fix? Healthy soda. Typically a carbonated concoction of water, sugar or alternative sweeteners, and fruit juices or botanical extracts that provide intense flavors, these better-for-you beverages contain roughly 12 percent of the sugar and one-third of the calories found in a can of Coca-Cola.
“With typical soda, the main problem is that it has a lot of calories with absolutely no nutritional benefit,” says Keri Gans, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.N, a dietitian and Shape Brain Trust member. “I sometimes