What are you to do when you want a cold fizzy beverage like soda, but don’t want the empty calories and high sugar content and high fructose corn syrup in regular soda? You choose a diet soda, right? If you read the ingredients, you may ask what the heck is aspartame, pronounced as-par-tame. And what is that largely unpronounceable word after aspartame – Phenylketonurics – contains phenylalanine. Many people, me included, try to stay away from any product that contains aspartame, due to the potential health risks of this artificial sweetener. Me and my family were thrilled to find out that Sodastream Diet Cola syrup does not contain high fructose corn syrup or aspartame artificial sweetener.
What is Sodastream?
Sodastream, which has been around for 30 years or more in Israel, has finally come to the US. Sodastream is a revolutionary soda maker that allows you to make your favorite soda, diet soda, carbonated beverage and fizzy water in the comfort of your home for a fraction of the price of your favorite national brand store bought carbonated drinks.
Is Sodastream Better than Diet Soda?
The Home Soda Maker System from Sodastream offers your favorite diet soda at a fraction of the price of the national brand. My wife loves to drink Coke Zero® since it tastes like regular Coke®, but without the sugar, and my daughters love Dr. Pete, since it tastes just like Dr. Pepper®. When we tried the Cola Lite and Dr. Pete syrups from Sodastream, they were hooked. My family said Cola Lite tastes exactly like Coke Zero, and I like that is doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup or Aspartame artificial sweetener. The Dr. Pete soda contains real sugar, yet is 100% free of fructose and high fructose corn syrup. Manufacturers love it because it is a cheap alternative to real sugar, but is helping contribute to America’s bulging waist lines.
Sodastream diet soda is aspartame free. Aspartame is a artificial sweetener that has been linked to many potential health risks, including headaches, memory loss, depression, dizziness, and the possible addictive proprieties of aspartame. Basically as you ingest aspartame-laden drinks your body begins to crave it and you drink more. This is where researchers found that people who drink diet soda with aspartame actually end up gaining more weight than if they consumed regular soda. Also, people who have phenylketonuria (PKU), a condition in which people can’t digest phenylalanine, can’t consume products with aspartame like diet soda. For these folks, Sodastream is better than diet soda, and allows them to continue to enjoy diet soda without the risks associated with PKU.
In addition to being free of corn syrup and aspartame, Sodasteam diet soda syrup contains sucralose artificial sweetener, also known as Splenda®, which is an artificial sweetener that contains sucralose, a sugar derivative. In reality, neither aspartame or sucralose are particularly good for you. Sucralose just happens to be less bad for you than aspartame.
To learn more about the Sodastream home soda machine, you can read our Sodastream Review here.