If you are a savvy consumer, you know there are many beverage choices today. Before you drink that next high-calorie soda pop, it might be smart to consider a healthier alternative.
In 1903, SodaStream was introduced. Giles Gilby invented a carbonation system; it made fizzy water from standard water, and was originally sold to the upper classes. Flavours were introduced in the 1920s. Cherry ciderette and sarsaparilla were among the new choices. It enjoyed vast success in the 1970s and 80s, becoming a big hit in countries such as the UK, Germany and Australia.
The company underwent numerous changes in ownership; at one point, SodaStream even became part of the Cadbury Schweppes empire. 1998 saw the company change hands for the final time when purchased by Soda Club, which at that time was the biggest supplier of SodaStream to Israel. After Soda Club’s unsuccessful bid to rename the brand Soda-Club, the name remained SodaStream.
More recently Soda Club sought to reinvigorate the SodaStream brand. SodaStream was relaunched along with a new machine and many more new flavours, concentrating on offering a healthy alternative to fizzy, sugar-rich drinks such as Coca Cola and Pepsi, and focused on health and diet issues so prevalent in this day and age.
The SodaStream product is essentially a home carbonation kit; it allows you to change water into sparkling water, and 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 by forcing co2 into a bottle suitable for pressurising and which is filled with water. The water is turned into sparkling (carbonated) water by the co2. This process of dissolving co2 is referred to 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; 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 essentially no difference between it and normal water.
SodaStream have made much of their environmental and health credentials, even going so far as to claim that every one litre bottle of SodaStream made saves three aluminum cans. The result? Over a 3-year period, a family of four could slash their soft-drink-related packaging usage by over 90%. This is a big claim, one that in this environmentally conscious age will stand them in good stead. Sodastream has developed into a truly realistic alternative to the big players in the soft drink world.