It turns out that not all fizzy water is the same. Just because they are near one another in the grocery aisle, does not mean that they are all good for you. Believe it or not, some are loaded with sugar and artificial colorings and sweeteners.
Nutritionist Keri Glassman revealed to The Today Showthe good, bad and the ugly when it comes to soda water. It’s okay, calm down. We aren’t going to take all the fizzy water away from you. We promise.
I have some really good news for you LaCroix drinkers out there. This is another sparkling water that has no added sugar and only contains carbonated water and natural flavors. According to LaCroix’s website, it’s natural flavors are "natural essence oils extracted from the named fruit used in each of our LaCroix flavors."
If you drinking Perrier, you are in the clear! Perrier uses a natural sparkling mineral water which is water found in nature that has some dissolved salts and 40 mg calcium for every 8 ounce bottle. The ingredient list reads: natural sparkling mineral water and natural flavor.
This brand of seltzer has many different flavors but still only contains carbonated water and natural flavors. There are no added sugars or sweeteners. They have fun flavors like orange vanilla and Granny Smith apple if you want some extra flavor in your fizzy water.
This beverage is something to watch out for. It is made with the real fruit juice from concentrate but is not a low-calorie refreshment. In fact, one can has 150 calories and 33 grams of sugar! There are added sugars, fruit juice and natural flavors. While it is a better option than soda, this is not the healthiest option.
You’re in the clear with Schweppes. It says right on the label that it is natural and unsweetened. This sparkling water only includes carbonated water and natural flavors so feel free to indulge with absolutely no guilt at all.
Try to stay away from this one. It is sweetened with sucralose, an artificial sweetener that doesn’t have the best reputation. Other ingredients include juice concentrate, green tea extract, 30 mg of potassium used as a preservative and artificial colors.
If you want something full of flavor, try this sparkling beverage. SpinDrift’s tagline is "real fruit tastes better" and their beverage contains only sparkling water and real fruit juice. There are no artificial ingredients or added sugars and each contains less than 15 calories.
You may have noticed that most of the beverages mentioned contain natural flavors. According to the FDA, this mean that they contain the natural essence or oils from a variety of spices, fruits, vegetables and other plants and foods. So, we are not 100 percent sure of what that means, but we know it’s not bad for us.
When in doubt, always read the labels of anything that you are putting into your body. You never know what could be hidden in there. If you want to know more about nutrition and how to live a healthier life, follow Keri on Instagram @nutritiouslifeofficial.