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Can Soda Really Be Good for You? The Truth Behind Functional Beverages

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
Is Soda Possibly Healthy?

Can soda ever truly be good for you? That’s a question that many people ask themselves when they see claims on cans and bottles at the grocery store or gas station that suggest the soft drink has wellness benefits like easing stress, boosting immunity, and increasing energy. But are these claims actually true? Functional beverages, as they’re called in the drink industry, often contain ingredients that were once only found in supplements or herbal teas.

Probiotics and prebiotics are now added to many cold drinks, such as Culture Pop Probiotic Soda, Wild Berries & Lime, which Consumer Reports testers found to have a well-balanced sweet and tart flavor without any sugar substitutes. However, Consumer Reports’ Amy Keating warns that drinks with probiotics may not offer the same benefits as foods like yogurt and kimchi, which have a wider variety of bacteria and other healthy compounds.

Healthy-sounding green juices, like Suja Organic Cold-Pressed Mighty Dozen, can be a convenient way to get vitamins and minerals in your diet, but they shouldn’t replace vegetables entirely. Consumer Reports recommends choosing green juices with vegetables as the main ingredient to get the most nutritional benefit.

Drinks marketed as stress-relievers, like Recess Infused Sparkling Water Mood Raspberry Lemon and Droplet Sparkling Self-Care Beverage Pretty Balanced, could be a tasty non-alcoholic alternative to wine or cocktails, but their calming effects are not guaranteed to be significant.

When it comes to energy drinks, newer options like Aspire, Celsius, and Clean contain “natural” sources of caffeine with no chemical differences. But regardless of the type of drink

By Samantha Nguyen

As a content writer at newsqwe.com, I am passionate about crafting engaging and informative articles that captivate our audience. With a background in journalism and a keen eye for detail, I strive to deliver content that is not only well-researched but also adds value to our readers' lives. From breaking news stories to in-depth features, I take pride in my ability to tell compelling stories that resonate with our diverse audience. When I'm not typing away at my keyboard, you can find me exploring new cafes, practicing yoga, or getting lost in a good book. I am thrilled to be a part of the newsqwe.com team and look forward to sharing my love for writing with all of our readers.

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