In my time in Jorge Cruise’s Belly Fat Cure program, one of the best new product recommendations I’ve received is to replace soda with Zevia Brand Sodas. Zevia’s tag line is “Natural Diet Soda” and by natural, it means the ingredients are all derived from natural sources. Zevia is naturally sweetened with Stevia (a natural sweetener made from the leaves of plants from the sunflower family originating from Central and South America) and Erythritol (a sugar alcohol made from fruits and vegetables). Even the caffeine in Zevia Cola (the only flavor to contain any caffeine) is derived from coffee.
Sure you may have seen “Natural” sodas before, but most of those are loaded with even more sugar than Coca-Cola. And you’ve probably seen “Diet” sodas which are usually loaded with artificial sweeteners like aspartame (Nutrasweet), sucralose (Splenda), and saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low). Zevia is different because its an all natural soda that is zero calories, zero sugar, zero net carbs, zero rating on glycemic index and it’s even certified as Kosher. Anther healthy benefits of Zevia is that the soda will not cause tooth decay. The natural sweeteners don’t ferment when they come into contact with bacteria in the mouth and Zevia doesn’t use phosphoric acid found in other sodas which has been known to eat away at tooth enamel and deplete the body of calcium.
Zevia comes in six natural flavors, Cola, Twist (A Lemon-Lime Soda, similar to Sprite, 7-Up, or Sierra Mist), Root Beer, Orange, Ginger Ale, and Black Cherry. When I first tried Zevia, the only flavors I could find were the Twist and Orange flavors. Only recently have I seen the stores expand the selection choices to also include the Cola and Root Beer flavors. I still have yet to try the Ginger Ale and Black Cherry flavors. I am looking forward to trying the Ginger Ale flavor as it’s one of my favorite flavors of soda.
Of the flavors I’ve tried so far, my favorite flavor so far has been the Root Beer flavor. It’s loaded with flavor, in fact it reminds me of how A&W Root Beer used to taste when I was a kid. Not sure if it’s been the passage of time, maybe different formulas between the A&W Root Beer found in Canada verses the United States, or the transition of soda makers from sugar to High Fructose Corn Syrup instead of sugar that makes the A&W Root Beer of today not taste like my memories of it from childhood. So to have the wonderfully strong flavor of Zevia‘s Root Beer match the way I think Root Beer should taste, and be healthy too, I’m forever hooked Now if they’d just make a version of Mountain Dew life would be perfect.
The only downsides I find to Zevia are two things, it’s not easy to find, and it’s a little on the expensive side, but both of these issues will likely change and become more favorable as Zevia becomes more popular. In fact, it’s already become a little easier to find and a little cheaper than when I first started to buy Zevia. The very first Zevia six-pack of cans I bought was at an Albertsons Grocery store that’s out of my way to go to and the six-pack cost me $7.99 plus the California Redemption Value (CRV) deposit for the aluminum cans. There was only one six pack left on the shelf and it was the Orange flavor. The most recent six-pack of cans I bought was $4.99 plus CRV. I bought this at a local Henry’s Farmers Market store (local chain of organic and natural foods) and had a choice of four flavors and it wasn’t out of my way to find them.
I don’t know if I’ll ever see the day when I can get a 12 pack of Zevia for the same price as a 12 pack of any of the sodas made by Coca-Cola and Pepsi companies, but it all starts with people asking their favorite stores to carry Zevia products, and as the demand increases, it becomes cheaper for Zevia to produce and they can lower the price of it. Download a copy of Zevia’s Retailer Request Form (in PDF format) by clicking here, and give it to the management of stores you want to carry Zevia.
If you’d like to try Zevia for yourself, Zevia has been recently made available at all Whole Foods Market stores in the United States, and Zevia’s website also has a store locator so that you can find stores near you that carry Zevia. Click here to visit Zevia’s store locator. If there are no stores near you, you can purchase Zevia through Amazon.com by clicking here. (Sales through Amazon are handled by Zevia, and the shipping is cheaper than by ordering direct from Zevia.) And Zevia can be ordered directly from Zevia by clicking here or calling 1-800-230-2221.
I also carry Zevia in my “Ryan’s Incredible Store” (powered by Amazon), so you can also buy Zevia and other products I’ve used on the Belly Fat Cure to lose over 30 pounds in less than 2 months time. “Click here” to access “Ryan’s Incredible Store.”