Review: Zevia


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From a health perspective, diet soda is often scorned for reduced-calorie taste and added artificial sweeteners. But whether the craving is for something sweet or a beverage to drink with your favorite thin crust pizza, many of us have that occasional yearning for a carbonated beverage (even “healthy” people). It is no wonder that the diet soda industry is rapidly growing. The quest is long and hard to find a sweet beverage that won’t kill you in the long run from diabetes (sugar) or cancer (artificial sweeteners).

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A client recently introduced me to a product called Zevia, one of the first natural zero calorie sodas, predating recent releases from both Coke & Pepsi. All diet sodas have some form of sweetener in them to offset the lack of white sugar. Zevia contains a sweetener called stevia. There has been some controversy about stevia, but overall, it is my opinion that it is a better option than sucralose (Splenda), aspartame (NutraSweet), acesulfame potassium or Ace-K (Sunette), and cyclamate (Sweet’N Low in Canada) because it is a product found in nature with no major chemical alternations.

When a product claims that it is natural it means that they do not include ingredients such as refined sugars, refined flours, milled grains, hydrogenated oils, sweeteners, food colors, or flavorings. In other words, no artificial substance has been added. Stevia is an herb in the sunflower family, native to subtropical and tropical South America and Central America. For centuries, the Guarani Native Americans of Paraguay and Brazil used stevia as a sweetener in native foods and medicinal teas. The extract from the stevia leaf has no calories, no effect on blood sugar levels, and is hundreds of times sweeter than sugar. Some stevia extracts may have a bitter aftertaste at high concentrations. According to their website, Zevia is formulated with erythritol, a natural sugar alcohol which counteracts this effect.

So, from a health perspective, this product is better for you than diet sodas with artificial sweeteners. But, let me be clear from nutrition standpoint, it is not good to drink this type of product in excess. All things in moderation. There is not much harm in drinking this product, but there is also not much nutrition benefit either. In other words, don’t go drinking a 6-pack every day. Your body needs water and lots of it. No beverage will ever be able to supplement the pure need for water. Reserve drinking Zevia for those times when you want something special and “just gotta have something sweet.”

As far as flavors are concerned, Zevia now makes seven different flavors. They originally only had four, but have recently expanded their product line. In order of my favorite flavors, here’s a look at how they taste and what’s inside…

Dr. Zevia

Dr. Zevia

Dr. Zevia is the newest addition to the product line. By the name you can see that it is meant to be similar in flavoring to Diet Dr Pepper. Personally I am a big fan of the Dr Pepper flavor, so it is no wonder why this one reached the top of my list. As far as matching flavors to the Dr Pepper line, Dr. Zevia matches closely in flavor with Diet Dr Pepper Cherry. It has stronger cherry flavor than regular Dr. Pepper. Overall, I would definitely buy this flavor again.

Dr. Zevia Ingredients:
Triple Filtered Carbonated Water, Erythritol, Carmel Color, Tartaric Acid, Stevia (Leaf), Fumaric Acid, 33 mg Caffeine (from coffee), Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Citrus Oils, Nutmeg Oil, Clove Leaf Oil, Botanical Oil, Cassia Oil, and Cherry Essence. (All oils listed in ingredients are essential oils)

0 calories, 20 mg sodium, 15 g total carbs (15 g Erythritol)

Zevia Black Cherry

Zevia Black Cherry

Black Cherry tastes just as it says, like a black cherry soda. The cherry flavor is strong. So if you don’t like cherry very much, opt for Dr. Zevia or a different flavor entirely. The “diet” flavor is hidden well with the Zevia Black Cherry.

Zevia Black Cherry Ingredients:
Triple Filtered Carbonated Water, Erythritol, Citric Acid, Stevia (Leaf), Natural Flavors, Cherry Essence, Clove Leaf Oil, and Cassia Oil. (All oils listed in ingredients are essential oils). No caffeine.

0 calories, 20 mg sodium, 13 g total carbs (13 g Erythritol)

Zevia Orange

Zevia Orange

I am not usually a big Orange soda fan, but if you are, you will like the Zevia Orange. Tastes very similar to a calorie-free version of Crush, or similar, but without all the artificial junk.

Zevia Orange Ingredients::
Triple Filtered Carbonated Water, Erythritol, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors (Orange Oil), Stevia (Leaf), and Annatto. No caffeine.

0 calories, 0 mg sodium, 11 g total carbs (11 g Erythritol)

Zevia Cola

Zevia Cola

The flavor of Zevia Cola was OK and I would drink it again… but only if I was out of Dr. Zevia! It is nothing to write home about, but I still like that it has a cola flavor and all natural. This has the most caffeine of the entire Zevia product line.

Zevia Cola Ingredients:
Triple Filtered Carbonated Water, Erythritol, Carmel Color, Tartaric Acid, Stevia (Leaf), Fumaric Acid, 45 mg Caffeine (from coffee), Natural Flavors, Citrus Oils, Cola Nut Extract, and Citric Acid.

0 calories, 5 mg sodium, 12 g total carbs (12 g Erythritol)

Zevia Ginger Root Beer

Zevia Ginger Root Beer

This is no A&W, but if you love root beer and want a healthier substitute give this a try. I would describe it as having more of a root beer bite rather than a smooth flavor. The sharp bite comes from the anise seed oil extract. If you like the flavor of anise, you will like this.

Zevia Ginger Root Beer Ingredients:
Triple Filtered Carbonated Water, Erythritol, GMO Free Carmel Color, Stevia (Leaf), Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Citrus Peel Oil, Wintergreen Oil, Cassia Oil, Anise Seed Oil Extract, and Ginger Root Extract.

0 calories, 15 mg sodium, 10 g total carbs (10 g Erythritol)

Zevia Ginger Ale

Zevia Ginger Ale

I love ginger ale so it is hard for me to judge fairly. Zevia’s version tastes like a sharp ginger ale, lacking a smooth flavor that I typically enjoy. Not terrible, not great.

Zevia Ginger Ale Ingredients:
Triple Filtered Carbonated Water, Erythritol, Citric Acid, Carmel Color, Stevia (Leaf) and Natural Flavors (Citrus Peel Extracts, Ginger Root Extract).

0 calories, 20 mg sodium, 13 g total carbs (13 g Erythritol)

Zevia Lemon Lime Twist

Zevia Lemon Lime Twist

To be fair, I have never enjoyed any form of diet lemon lime soda. So, I bet you can guess my opinion of this one. But once again, if you like lemon lime drinks, give it a try!

Zevia Lemon Lime Twist Ingredients:
Triple Filtered Carbonated Water, Erythritol, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors (Lemon Oil and Lim Oil), and Stevia (Leaf).

0 calories, 0 mg sodium, 11 g total carbs (11 g Erythritol)

Overall, if you are health conscious and searching for a beverage that gives you the flavor of a carbonated soda without compromising your nutrition, give Zevia a try. I would love to know what you think about it. Dr. Zevia is my personal favorite from this lineup of 7 flavors!

Full Disclosure: These beverages provided compliments of Zevia