If you are a savvy consumer, you know there are more beverage choices than ever. Before you drink that next high-calorie soda pop, stop and consider a healthier alternative.
SodaStream was created in 1903. Giles Gilby invented a carbonation system; it made fizzy water from standard water, and was originally sold to the upper classes. A variety of flavours were introduced in the 1920s. The new choices included cherry ciderette and sarsaparilla. In countries such as the UK, Germany and Australia it enjoyed vast success In the 1970s and 80s.
The company underwent numerous changes in ownership, becoming, at one stage, 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. After Soda Club’s unsuccessful bid to rename the brand from SodaStream to Soda-Club, the name of the brand remained SodaStream.
More recently Soda Club sought to rename the SodaStream brand. SodaStream was relaunched along with a new machine and many more new flavours, concentrating on being a healthy alternative to fizzy, sugar-rich drinks such as Coca Cola and Pepsi, focusing on the health and diet issues that are so prevalent in this day and age.
The SodaStream product is essentially a home carbonation kit, allowing 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 allfreightfree.com.
The SodaStream machine works this way: it forces co2 into a bottle suitable for pressurising and which is filled with water. The co2 turns the water into sparkling water. Carbonation is the term we use to describe the process of dissolving co2. 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; this is good news for parents concerned about their children’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 no particular 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. This means that over a 3 year span, a family of four could slash their soft-drink-related packaging usage by over 90%. This is quite a claim, one that in this environmentally conscious age will stand them in good stead. Clearly, Sodastream has become a realistic alternative to the big players in the soft drink world.