Even though you like the way it tastes, chances are you know your favorite soda isn’t good for you—to put it mildly. It’s filled with high fructose corn syrup (or questionable artificial sweeteners), preservatives, as well as artificial additives including colors, flavors, and possibly flame retardants. The can it comes in may be lined with the hormone disrupting chemical bisphenol-A.
If you just cannot give up the bubbles, try weaning yourself to more natural soda. Do a little taste test of brands with friends and family until you hit on a palatable replacement. These usually still contain (real) sugar—some might even be organic or fair trade—plus fruit juice and carbonated water. You won’t miss the artificial additives. Choosing organic means the fruit for the juice won’t contain synthetic pesticide residue, among other good things. There are even organic colas and root beers on the market if that’s your weakness. These clearly aren’t health drinks, but they’re preferable to the conventional versions.
Read labels when shopping for a better-for-you soda. Remember that the word natural is an unregulated term—a claim anyone can make. Certifications like JAS (Japan), ACO (Australia), AB (France) and USDA (United States) organic, on the other hand, have to be third-party certified.
You’re more likely to find organic sodas at health foods stores, though those containing natural ingredients are fairly widely distributed. Opting for a locally produced brand minimizes the transportation footprint.
Choosing glass bottles over cans is an easy way to avoid exposure to bisphenol-A.
Don't forget to recycle the bottles or cans!