Sunday, July 12, 2015
Sparkling water on tap, thanks to the Sodastream
I’m sure my parents won’t mind me telling you this, but when I was younger, during my teens, dinner was typically served with a glass of fizzy soda such as Ginger Beer, Coke or Sprite. A lot has changed in that household since I went to university to study nutrition; the family made a pact to cut down on sugary sweetened beverages (SSBs). Fast forward a decade and the plight to reduce SSBs has gone global. Public policy initiatives to reduce sugar consumption are the subject of current national and international debate and a variety of reports have made a consistent and compelling case for a reduction in the nation’s/world’s sugar intake. According to research published in the journal Circulation, consumption of sugary drinks may lead to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide.
Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) are defined as sugar-sweetened fizzy soft drinks (not ‘diet’ sodas), fruit drinks/cordial, sports/energy drinks and sweetened iced/fruit teas. 100% pure fruit juices contain natural sugars, rather than added sugar, but it’s a sugar with calories nonetheless (juices are also acidic which may harm the teeth); juices do, however, contain some vitamins and minerals and therefore offer some nutritional value compared to sugar-sweetened sodas such as coke. It’s recommended that consumption of fruit juice is limited to one small 150ml glass daily at mealtimes. So what does this leave us with to drink regularly throughout the day, which won’t affect our waistline or our teeth? Well, still water, sparkling water, fruit/tea infused water, and did I say water?
I've never really lost my liking for carbonated drinks from my childhood days, and while I’ll very occasionally have a glass of coke or lemonade, I tend to satisfy my taste for fizz with sparkling water (okay okay and a drop of Prosecco), and the rest of the time I tend to drink still water. Up until this weekend I would buy bottles of sparkling water, but I decided to invest in a Sodastream so that I have sparking water on tap - another gadget to take up space in the kitchen! I love it; it's quick and easy to use, however, there are two things to be mindful of if and when you buy it: 1) the home carbonator comes with bottles of flavoured juices which contain sugar; 2) I didn't realise this but once you use up the gas which is included with your purchase, you have to buy another gas cylinder each time the gas runs out, which costs £9 and reportedly lasts approximately one month, depending on how often you use it of course!
I flavoured my sparkling water with cucumber, lime and mint.
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