If you are a shrewd consumer, you know there are many beverage choices today. Before you drink that next high-calorie soda, stop and consider a healthier alternative.
SodaStream was created in 1903. Giles Gilby invented a carbonation system which made fizzy water from standard water; it was originally sold to the upper classes. Flavours were introduced in the 1920s. Sarsaparilla and cherry ciderette were among the new choices. In countries such as Germany, Australia, and the UK it enjoyed vast success In the 1970s and 80s.
The company underwent numerous changes in ownership, even being part of the Cadbury Schweppes empire at one stage. In 1998 the company changed hands for the final time when purchased by Soda Club, at that time the biggest supplier of SodaStream to Israel. SodaStream remained the name of the brand after Soda Club’s unsuccessful bid to change the name to Soda-Club.
More recently Soda Club sought to change 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, and focused on health and diet issues so prevalent in this day and age.
The SodaStream product is essentially a home carbonation kit, which 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 allfreightfree.com.
Here’s how the SodaStream machine works: it forces co2 into a water-filled bottle suitable for pressurising. It is the co2 that turns the water into carbonated (sparkling) water. This process — 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, surely 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, going so far as to claim that every litre bottle of SodaStream made saves three aluminum cans. This means that over 3 years, 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. It is obvious that Sodastream has developed into a viable alternative to the big players in the soft drink world.