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SodaStream

As a follow up to my post,  “Is Carbonation Good or Bad?”  I want to tell you about the SodaStream home soda maker.  Tired of lugging home, storing and recycling cases of heavy seltzer bottles, I thought I would give one a try.

Tall and sleek, it fits nicely on my countertop and under the overhead cabinets. I had heard that they are easy to use and they really are!  Once you set up the carbonator in the drinksmaker, you simply fill the carbonating bottle with cold water (I use filtered water.), screw it in to the carbonator, press the button on top three times (4 for more carbonation) and seconds later you have delicious seltzer water.  If you want flavored seltzer or soda, you add the flavoring afterwards.   Just slowly pour it into the tilted soda bottle, close and gently shake.  I tried the cola flavoring and the lemon line.  Both were good – the cola flavoring tasted just like coke.  While I avoid foods with artificial flavorings, I was glad to know they are made without high-fructose corn syrup or aspartame.

I noticed that the fizziness stays for a couple of days, though you’ll definitely finish the bottle of seltzer long before it goes flat.  Another plus, the carbonator bottles never need washing, only a quick rinse with warm water, if that.

When the carbonator is empty, you can take it to any participating retailer where they will sell you a full one for the price of the gas contents only.  Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, the Bon-Ton family of stores, Crate and Barrel, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Staples, Sur La Table, Target, Wal-Mart, and Williams-Sonoma are some national retailers that carry exchange carbonators.

I try not to clutter my kitchen with extraneous gadgets, but SodaStream I highly recommend.  It’s practical, simple-to-use, no-fuss and good for the environment – no energy is wasted by transporting billions of gallons of soda and seltzer every day, nor are there empty bottles thrown into the landfill.   Give one a try – Starter kits start at $129.00 and include a home soda maker, 1 reusable BPA-free carbonating bottle with fizz-preserving cap, 1 60L CO2 carbonator which makes up to 60 liters or 50 cans, and a sodamix taste sampler with 6 flavors (they have over 50!)

As their marketing materials say, “it just makes good sense”.  It really does.

 

Is Carbonation Good or Bad?

carbonated water

carbonated water (Photo credit: LiuTao)

 

Seltzer water is a popular and healthy alternative to sodas offering the same fizzy satisfaction.  A reader contacted me recently concerned about carbonation in sodas and in water having heard that it’s bad for you.   There are some concerns about tooth enamel erosion and low bone mineral density associated with carbonation – carbonated water is thought to prevent calcium absorption, thereby, increasing the risk of osteoporosis.  The problem however, does not lie with the carbonation itself.

 

When carbon dioxide is dissolved in water, carbonic acid is formed making the water a little more acidic.   Most water, tap water included, contains small amounts of calcium, magnesium and other minerals that not only strengthen your bones and teeth, but also buffer the effects of the carbonic acid and protect tooth enamel.  According to the Mayo Clinic, there is no evidence that carbonated water causes harm to bones or teeth.  Drinking carbonated water has the same benefits as drinking still water.  Research has found a connection however, with low bone mineral density and carbonated cola drinks.  The acid in soft drinks like coke and pepsi will erode tooth enamel over time.  The flavoring agents in flavored seltzer water increase the acidity and can possibly contribute to tooth erosion as well.  You are better off drinking plain seltzer and adding a lemon or lime slice.  You get extra Vitamin C that way too.  The high amounts of sugar in soft drinks of course contribute further to their negative effects; artificial sweeteners in diet drinks are risky too.

 

What to do?  As with everything in life, moderation is key.  If you drink carbonated cola and other carbonated beverages, cut back the amount you drink and give seltzer water a try.  I think you’ll find it just as refreshing.

 

In my effort to reduce, not just recycle and reuse, I’m considering getting a home soda maker.  A good one starts around $100.00 and it’s easy (and fun) to do.  Now that’s a good way to reduce carbon emissions and keep bottles out of the landfill.

 

 

 

Information compiled from www.mayoclinic.com and Monica Reinagel, M.S., L.D./N, nutritiondiva.quickanddirtytips.com.

 

 

 


 

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