Naturally sweeten soda: what is that anyway?

Diet soda was a mainstay of my pre-angioplasty life, giving me daily hits of sweetness with no calories and I thought no harm. It comes in for much derision these days and is off my diet now except for once or twice a week, my now special treats.

But let’s face it, water, which I now drink a lot, is boring and tasteless. So I keep searching for low-calorie diet alternatives.

A recent trip to Whole Foods brought one to my attention, something called Honest Fizz naturally sweetened zero calorie soda (made by a unit of Coke of all places). Twelve-ounce cans were on sale for four for $5, or $1.25 a can. Not cheap, but the hope they would be tasty caused me to buy some of the root beer and lemon lime varieties.

Honest Fizz soda tasted good, how do you feel about stevia?
Honest Fizz soda tasted good, how do you feel about stevia?

They were tasty, although the taste of the last few cans seems to have deteriorated somewhat after a few weeks in my frig. These are sweetened with stevia, the hot new supposed natural sweetener. While Stevia is in vogue, there’s no doubt in my mind that someone, someday will find something bad about it. In the meantime, I’ll buy these when they’re on sale, they’re a nice break from water. And at this price, I’m not likely to overindulge like I once did in drinking more than 100 ounces of Diet Coke a day.


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