It's Time to Ditch the Unhealthy Sodas for These 16 Alternatives


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Giving up soda can be a tough task, especially when you're used to having it every day. What else will you drink with that burger and fries? Or pizza? Or even your sad desk lunch?

But while saying goodbye to soda is rough, when you think about how much sugar and artificial ingredients are lurking inside that can or bottle, it might make you want to cut back on that habit. According to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, there are 4.2 grams of sugar in a single teaspoon, and a typical can of soda has about seven to 10 teaspoons. Just picture that amount of sugar in a glass.The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends you limit added sugar to no more than 10 percent of your daily caloric intake, which is about 12 teaspoons on a 2000-calorie diet.

Per the CDC, drinking sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with weight gain obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, non-alcoholic liver disease, tooth decay and cavities, and gout.


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Now that you know about the scary downsides of soda and want to limit your intake, you might be wondering where to start. Well, if you like the tingles of carbonation, the Mayo Clinic suggests trying club soda, seltzer, or sparkling water with a splash of fruit juice or adding a slice of lemon or lime to your water. Luckily, there are so many different varieties of seltzer and soda water out there that will still give you the fizziness and flavor of soda without the crazy amounts of sugar. Plain old water is always the best choice of beverage, but when that doesn't sound exciting to you, fizzy water would be a good go-to. Just make sure to read the labels before buying to check for added sugar levels and artificial ingredients. 

And if you're wondering what carbonated drinks do your teeth, the American Dental Association says that sparkling water is generally fine for your teeth, according to research. The Association cautions that some seltzers have higher acid levels, like citrus-flavored ones, that can increase the risk of damage to your enamel. They suggest consuming in one sitting instead of sipping throughout the day. 

Take a look at some of our favorite healthy carbonated beverages below:



Health-Ade Kombucha

Kin Spritz



San Pellegrino


Health-Ade Booch Pop


Polar Seltzer


Revive Sparkling Kombucha

Sweet Reason




This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in the place of advice of your physician or other medical professionals. You should always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider first with any health-related questions.

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Sarah is lifestyle writer and editor with over 10 years of experience covering health and wellness, interior design, food, beauty, and tech. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended New York University and lived in New York for 12 years before returning to L.A. in 2019. In addition to her work on THE/THIRTY and Who What Wear, she held editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot). She has a passion for health and wellness, but she especially loves writing about mental health. Her self-care routine consists of five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, an intriguing book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating her home.