Breaking the Soda Habit: Seltzer Water

Until a couple of years ago, I would have described myself as a “Diet Coke addict.”  It wasn’t until one afternoon when I offered a healthy, athletic friend a soda when she stopped by for a visit that I gave it much thought.  Her response to my offer was, “No thanks.  I don’t ‘do’ soda.”  The answer rattled around in my head for a few days.  Though I knew sodas, and more specifically diet sodas, should be consumed in moderation, it never occurred to me that there were people who didn’t “do” sodas.

That interaction set me off on my journey to kick my soda addiction.  Initially I tried to switch ‘cold turkey’ to pain water.  That left me… flat.  I needed a step-down.

Chilled, carbonated water fit the bill.  But swapping out every diet soda with Perrier or San Pellegrino quickly became costly.  After searching the beverage aisle at the grocery for another alternative, I discovered that seltzer water was basically the same thing, at a fraction of the price.

Switching from diet soda to seltzer water did require a small adjustment period.  When I would initially drink it, I would be expecting a sweet taste, similar to Sprite Zero.  After a short time, however, that was not an issue.

Over the past few years, I’ve heard rumblings that maybe seltzer water isn’t a good swap for pain water.  So I was happy when an article that addressed the misconceptions appeared in my news feed.  It also describes the types of carbonated waters available, like mineral water, seltzer water, club soda and tonic water.

If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to soda, but enjoy the bubbles, give this informative article a read.