Aware of Low-Calorie Alternatives?

If you are a savvy consumer, you know there are more beverage choices than ever. Before drinking that next high-calorie soda pop, stop and consider a healthier alternative.

In 1903, SodaStream was born. Giles Gilby invented a carbonation system; it made fizzy water from standard water, and was originally marketed to the upper classes. In the 1920s, different flavours were introduced. These included cherry ciderette and sarsaparilla. In countries such as Germany, Australia, and the UK it enjoyed vast success In the 1970s and 80s.

SodaStream underwent numerous changes in ownership, at one stage even being part of the Cadbury Schweppes empire. In 1998 the company changed hands for the final time when purchased by Soda Club, at that time Israel’s biggest supplier of SodaStream. SodaStream remained the name of the brand after Soda Club made an unsuccessful bid to change the brand from SodaStream to Soda-Club.

More recently Soda Club sought to freshen the SodaStream brand. Focusing on the health and diet issues that are so prevalent in this day and age, SodaStream was relaunched with a new machine and many new flavours, concentrating on providing a healthy alternative to fizzy, sugar-rich drinks such as Coca Cola and Pepsi.

The SodaStream product is essentially a home carbonation kit; it allows you to change water into sparkling water, as well as allowing you to add low-calorie flavours such as cola and orange. A large assortment of calorie-free flavours to flavour sparkling water to great taste is sold at

What the SodaStream machine does is force co2 into a water-filled bottle suitable for pressurising. The water is turned into carbonated (sparkling) water by the co2. This process (dissolving co2) is known as carbonation. The carbonated water can then be drunk on its own as sparkling water, or mixed with flavours to create tasty, healthy treats. Once the co2 canisters have been used up they can be sent back to Soda-Club who recycle the canisters by refilling them with co2 then sending them back out.

As far as the actual health and diet benefits gained from drinking SodaStream, it is claimed that all their flavours are completely sugar-free and contain a maximum of 2 calories per 100ml; no doubt this is good news for any parent concerned about a child’s diet.

The SodaStream machine adds only co2 to the water, meaning it does not have the added sugar that some bottled sparkling water contains, so there is little difference between it and normal water.

SodaStream have made much of their environmental and health credentials, going so far as to claim that each litre bottle of SodaStream saves three aluminum cans. The result is that over 3 years, a family of four could slash their soft-drink-related packaging usage by over 90%. This is an attractive claim, one that should stand them in good stead in this environmentally conscious age. It is clear that Sodastream has developed into a realistic alternative to the big players in the soft drink world.