You can argue over whether it’s called soda, pop, or soda pop but no matter what it’s called, there’s no getting around the fact that it’s one of the worst things you can drink on a regular basis. Soda consumption has been linked to an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes, as well as to rising rates of obesity (article).

Why not try something else in place of pop? I know, I know, crazy talk right? Just hear me out…

fresh fruit

Add slices of your favorite fruits or veggies (strawberries, cucumbers or mint) to a pitcher of cold for a splash of refreshing flavor!

green tea

Studies of green tea have shown that it may help reduce the risk of several types of cancer, heart disease, hypertension, kidney stones, and possibly even cavities. In addition to this, green tea is calorie-free (if you have it without milk or sugar) and naturally high in antioxidants

vegetable juice

Vegetable juice offers a quick, low-calorie way to get all the benefits of veggies. It also contains much less natural sugar than fruit juices. But vegetable juice can be high in sodium, so opt for a low-sodium version whenever possible.

Check out this article for more ideas and suggestions for soda substitutions.

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