Certified personal trainer and our Health & Wellness Reviewer Karen Byrd returns with a look at a low-calorie water line.
It might sounds like a mouthful to say, but Cascade Ice 2-Calorie Sparkling Water is a beverage line with a very light and crisp taste. Unique Beverage Company, the parent company of Cascade Ice, is targeting the health conscious community with a sugar-free sparking water that is ideally healthier than other flavored waters on the market.
According to their website, "Cascade Ice is a two-calorie, sugar-free flavored sparkling water that eliminates all the unnecessary, unhealthy "extras" found in other flavored waters like sugar, sodium, carbs, caffeine and gluten."
Cascade Ice sent me four of their flavors in "2-Calorie" lineup to taste: Acai Blueberry Pomegranate, Lemonade, Orange Mango, and Pink Grapefruit.
Acai Blueberry Pomegranate was the first flavor I tried. When I open the bottle, it was bursting with fruity carbonation. It had a dark purple color and smelled very appealing. As with all the Cascade Ice 2-Calorie waters, the flavor pops on your tongue. I'm not sure if this is because there is more carbonation than other drinks or because I'm just not used to sparking water. Regardless, it was very pleasant. My first reaction to the taste was "berry madness." It is very powerful. If you love all things berry, you will not be disappointed.
The next flavor I tried was Lemonade. My husband also gave this one a try. I wanted his insight because he LOVES lemonade. His reaction: "I like it… it's much better than that Crystal Light stuff." It had the same sparkle and pop of the Acai Blueberry Pomegranate. Less overwhelming in flavor and would be great on a hot day.
Orange Mango was my favorite flavor of the four. The taste, texture, and smell make it go down so easily. It didn't take me long to finish the bottle. The carbonation made it a close cousin in taste to other big name orange sodas on the market.
My least favorite flavor was Pink Grapefruit. I also need to be fair and state that I don't really like the flavor of pink grapefruit overall. The tartness always gives me a shock rather than pleasure. But the overall taste, snap, and punch were just like the other three flavors I experienced. If you enjoy the punch of pink grapefruit, you will definitely enjoy this flavor.
I like that Cascade Ice is trying to put products on the market that are a healthier alternative to sodas, as their flavors are very enjoyable. I'm not sure how easy it is to have access to their products, but it appears that they are trying to spread the word while also getting their customers proactive on the approach to get this product in supermarkets. The "health nut" in me still doesn't love products with artificial sweeteners. Cascade Ice 2-Calorie water contains sucralose, often sold under the brand name Splenda. I don't feel that you should consume these types of products on a regular basis in mass quantities. Water is always the best beverage. But, if you are itching for a drink that is low-calore, great taste, no aftertaste, and some bubbles — give this lineup a try!
All four flavors reviewed above have 4.3 calories per 17.2 oz bottle. You'll also find they have 0 g sodium, 0 g carbs, and 0 g sugars, and are caffeine free.
Cascade Ice 2-Calorie Acai Blueberry Pomegranate
Carbonated water, citric acid, pear juice concentrate, natural flavor, cochineal (color), potassium benzoate (preservative), potassium citrate, sucralose, Blue #1
Cascade Ice 2-Calorie Acai Lemonade
Carbonated water, citric acid, pear juice concentrate, gum arabic, potassium benzoate (preservative), potassium citrate, sucralose, natural flavor, glycerol ester of wood rosin, lemon juice concentrate, Yellow #5
Cascade Ice 2-Calorie Orange Mango
Carbonated water, citric acid, pear juice concentrate, gum arabic, potassium benzoate (preservative), potassium citrate, sucralose, natural flavor, glycerol ester of wood rosin, Yellow #6, Red #40
Cascade Ice 2-Calorie Pink Grapefruit
Carbonated water, citric acid, pear juice concentrate, gum arabic, potassium benzoate (preservative), potassium citrate, sucralose, natural flavor, pink grapefruit juice concentrate, glycerol ester of wood rosin, Red #40, Blue #1
Official Website: CascadeIceWater.com