Tickle Water made it onto Eat This, Not That! making us #5 on the list of 15 new drinks that make it easy to quit soda. You can view the entire story here.
By Dana Leigh Smith
Whether you’re trying to kick your soda habit to the curb to avoid the new cola tax or simply just want to lose weight and boost your metabolism, we’ve found the best alternative sips to help you do it.
To ensure your brain stays sharp over the summer months, we thought we’d give you a pop quiz (no pun intended)! What increases the risk of weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease? If you guessed soda, you’re spot on. (Did the article title give it away?) According to a Journal of the American College of Cardiology report, the bubbly beverage really does live up to its villainous reputation. And if you think you’ve got nothing to worry about because you only sip a can or two per day, you’ve got things all wrong. The researchers found that drinking just one serving of pop a day can increase the risk of fatal heart disease or heart attack by a whopping 35 percent. No fizzy drink is worth that risk.
Diet soda drinkers aren’t safe either, mainly because the beverages are filled with potentially carcinogenic chemicals like caramel coloring (which is present in the regular varieties, too) and artificial sweeteners. “Even though diet drinks are calorie-free, they cause insulin to be released in your gut because their artificial sweeteners are sweet like sugar,” says registered dietitian Miriam Jacobson. “Insulin is your body’s primary fat-storage hormone, so consuming it will cause the body hold onto any extra fat.” Yikes!
While your go-to source of hydration throughout the day should be water, it can be tough to go cold turkey if soda’s been a part of your routine for awhile. While coffee, detox water, and tea can make the transition to a soda-free life easier, sometimes you just want to grab something with a bit of fizz or flavor that’s ready-to-drink. Thankfully there are tons of new products flooding the market that fit that very description, and we’ve got the scoop on the best of the lot right here. Pick them up along with these 30 Weight Loss Ingredients to Always Have on Hand the next time you hit the supermarket—and watch that soda belly start melting away—stat!
Nutrition, per bottle: 0 calories, 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs, 0 g sugar
Added sweeteners: N/A
It may be the first-ever sparkling water for kids, but the grown-up editors of Eat This, Not That! are big Tickle Water fans. One staffer who tried the stuff said the cola flavor tasted “like sparkling water with a splash of Coke” but still thought it was a great soda alternative despite the less-intense flavor.” I tried the apple flavor and found it to be light and refreshing—something I’d definitely reach for again.