My new friend.

29 Oct

I have a new friend!  I had to give up my beloved Diet Dr. Pepper a while back in exchange for a healthier life.  But don’t think my mouth does not water every time I see someone drinking one or I drive by Sonic at Happy Hour.  I just could no longer drown myself in the chemicals.  But, you see, I LOVE DIET DR. PEPPER.  And truth be told, anything diet that fizzes and has caffeine. I am not a brand particular snob.

So you can imagine my joy when I was perusing the drink aisle at Whole Foods and found a natural drink that is fizzy AND HAS CAFFEINE!!  I guess most people who get the natural junk don’t like caffeine?  I do!  A lot! But before now I had not found any.

Crazy enough, the stuff is cheaper at Whole Foods than at HEB.  I even bought it on sale for $3.99 for a 6 pack.  Still pricey, but for an occasional treat- well worth it!

My favorite flavor is the Dr. Zevia b/c it is their version of Diet Dr. Pepper.  Now, check out the ingredients:

Zevia® Dr.Zevia

Just what the doctor ordered … all natural, zero calories, with the perfect blend of natural ingredients including real cherry essence, cola nut extract and a delicious infusion of nutmeg, clove, and natural spices. The taste of Dr. Zevia might remind you of that “other doctor” you once loved. Dr. Zevia is naturally caffeinated (caffeine from coffee) and naturally sweetened with stevia.

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Ingredients

Stevia:

Stevia is a natural herb native to South and Central America. For centuries, native Americans of Paraguay and Brazil called it “sweet leaf” and used it to sweeten native foods. Stevia is used as a food additive in China, Japan, all of South America and in the United States. The extract from the stevia leaf has no calories, no effect on blood sugar levels, and is hundreds of times sweeter than sugar. Stevia sweetens all seven ZEVIA® Natural Diet Soda flavors.

Erythritol:

Erythritol is a natural sugar alcohol found in fruits and vegetables, has no calories, and has no effect on blood sugar levels. Erythritol is used in all seven ZEVIA® Natural Diet Soda flavors.

Natural Caramel:

Dr. Zevia Natural Diet Soda is colored with natural caramel.

Citric Acid:

Citric acid is naturally concentrated in oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, lemons and limes. Natural citric acid adds to the refreshing flavor of all seven ZEVIA® Natural Diet Soda flavors.

Kola Nut Extract:

The kola nut in Dr. Zevia Natural Diet Soda is from a tree native to Central and Western Africa. Its extract provides Dr. Zevia Natural Diet Soda’s distinctive classic cola flavor. The kola nut contains naturally occurring caffeine, as well as theobromine, a stimulating ingredient also found in chocolate and green tea..

Natural Tartaric Acid:

Tartaric acid occurs naturally in many plants, particularly grapes, bananas, and tamarinds, and is also found in wine. Many soft drinks use cheap, harmful phosphoric acid for flavor. Phosphoric acid is used in fertilizers and detergents. It erodes tooth enamel and has been linked to depletion of calcium, a contributing factor in osteoporosis. Safe, natural tartaric acid enhances Dr. Zevia Natural Diet Soda’s zesty, tangy flavor.

Natural Caffeine:

Most diet sodas use artificially produced caffeine. The natural caffeine in Dr. Zevia Natural Diet Soda comes from coffee.

Natural Fumaric Acid:

Fumaric acid occurs naturally in flowers and mushrooms. It contributes to Dr. Zevia Natural Diet Soda’s refreshing flavor.

Are you thinking of giving them up? Join me!  I know the scienctific proof is not there saying they are cancer causing and horrible…but really, can they be GOOD for you????  Think about it!

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