SodaStream Offers Low-Calorie Alternatives

If you are an aware consumer, you know there are many beverage choices today. Before you drink that next high-calorie soda, stop and consider a healthier alternative.

SodaStream was introduced in 1903. Invented by Giles Gilby, it was a carbonation system which made standard water into fizzy water, and was originally sold to the upper classes. In the 1920s, different flavours were introduced. These included cherry ciderette and sarsaparilla. In the 1970s and 80s it enjoyed vast success, becoming a big hit in countries such as the UK, Germany and Australia.

SodaStream underwent numerous changes in ownership, at one stage even being part of the Cadbury Schweppes empire. 1998 saw the company change hands for the final time when purchased by Soda Club, which at that time was the biggest supplier of SodaStream to Israel. After Soda Club’s unsuccessful bid to rename the brand from SodaStream to Soda-Club, the name of the brand remained SodaStream.

More recently Soda Club sought to reinvent the SodaStream brand. Focusing on the health and diet issues that are so prevalent in this day and age, SodaStream was relaunched with a new machine and many new flavours, concentrating on producing a healthy alternative to fizzy, sugar-rich drinks such as Coca Cola and Pepsi.

The SodaStream product is essentially a home carbonation kit, which allows you to change water into sparkling water, as well as allowing you to add low-calorie flavours such as cola and orange. A large assortment of calorie-free flavours to flavour sparkling water to great taste is sold at allfreightfree.com.

Here’s how the SodaStream machine works:it forces co2 into a bottle suitable for pressurising and which is filled with water. The co2 turns the water into carbonated (sparkling) water. This process — dissolving co2 — is what we call carbonation. The can then be drunk on its own as sparkling water, or mixed with flavours to create tasty, healthy treats. Once the co2 canisters have been used up they can be sent back to Soda-Club who recycle the canisters by refilling them with co2 then sending them back out.

Regarding actual health and diet benefits gained from drinking SodaStream, the company assures consumers that all their flavours are completely sugar-free and contain a maximum of 2 calories per 100ml; this is, assuredly, good news for every parent concerned about a child’s diet.

The SodaStream machine adds only co2 to the water, meaning it does not have the added sugar that some bottled sparkling water contains, so there is fundamentally no difference between it and normal water.

SodaStream have made much of their environmental and health credentials, going so far as to say that every litre bottle of SodaStream made saves three aluminum cans. The result? Over a 3-year period, a family of four could slash their soft-drink-related packaging usage by over 90%. This is a big claim, one that in this environmentally conscious age will stand them in good stead. It is obvious that Sodastream has developed into a realistic alternative to the big players in the soft drink world.