Sugar. We all know how harmful it can be in excessive amounts yet we cannot seem to stay away. After all, It’s one of the most addictive substances on earth–said to affect our brain through the same mechanisms as a drug addiction. Consuming sugar causes blood sugar levels to elevate signaling the brain to release Dopamine and insulin. As the sugar level plummets, it causes us to feel tired, hungry and more likely to reach for another sugary treat. You can see how this can become a viscous cycle in our lives.
I am guilty of overindulging in sweet treats from time-to-time and although my motto is everything in moderation, we sometimes don’t realize that more of the foods we are eating contain hidden levels of sugar. According to scientists from the University of California, added sugar is lurking in about 74% of all packaged foods. This number becomes alarming when we realize just how many ways we are consuming sugar.
One thing I admittedly used to love was lemon/lime soda such as 7Up and Sprite. I knew that drinking them was bad for me yet it was like I couldn’t stop. I was unknowinly addicted to the not only the sweet citrus flavor, but the carbonation as well.
Needless to say, I was super excited when I found Zevia, a zero-calorie soda sweetened naturally using Stevia which is a sugar subsitute extracted from the leaves of the plant species, Stevia rebaudiana. Steviol Glycosides are the active compounds of stevia which are 150 times sweeter than sugar but have a negligible effect on blood glucose.
I purchased a couple of different kinds, the cream soda, and the lemon lime. both flavors tasted great!
I decided to try it out in a recipe and…wow! it tasted so incredibly refreshing, you have got to try this! Scroll to the bottom to get the directions on how to make it yourself!
I have started to enjoy the Lemon Lime variety with my meals. I find that it is very refreshing and reminds me a lot of the classic 7Up or Sprite. I don’t feel as guilty when drinking it!
You can locate your nearest location that carries Zevia by clicking here