If you are an observant consumer, you know there are more beverage choices than ever. Before buying that next high-calorie soda pop, stop and consider a healthier alternative.
SodaStream was born in 1903. It was a carbonation system which made standard water into fizzy water; invented by Giles Gilby, it was originally sold to the upper classes. A variety of flavours were introduced in the 1920s. These choices included sarsaparilla and cherry ciderette. 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; for a time SodaStream even became part of the Cadbury Schweppes empire. In 1998 the company changed hands for the final time when purchased by Soda Club, which at that time was Israel's biggest supplier of SodaStream. SodaStream remained the name of the brand after Soda Club's unsuccessful bid to rename the brand from SodaStream to Soda-Club.
More recently Soda Club sought to revive the SodaStream brand. Focusing on the health and diet issues that are so prevalent in this day and age, SodaStream was relaunched with a new machine and many new flavours, concentrating on producing a healthy alternative to fizzy, sugar-rich drinks such as Coca Cola and Pepsi.
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.
The SodaStream machine works this way: it forces co2 into a water-filled bottle suitable for pressurising. The water is turned into carbonated (sparkling) water by the co2. This process (dissolving co2) is known 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.
Regarding 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, assuredly, good news for every parent concerned about a child'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 major difference between it and normal water.
SodaStream have made much of their environmental and health credentials; they say that each litre bottle of SodaStream saves three aluminum cans. The result is that over a span of 3 years, a family of four could slash their soft-drink-related packaging usage by over 90%. This is a significant claim, one that in this environmentally conscious age will stand them in good stead. It is obvious that Sodastream has developed into a realistic alternative to the big players in the soft drink world.