By Julie @Emptynester Reviews and Giveaways
All opinions are clearly my own and not of any of my promoting team.
I was not coerced into saying anything false. I am not receiving monetary compensation of any sort for this review.
I received a 6 pk of asst flavors to review for Zevia the All Natural Soda! I have heard alot about the new stevia plant sensation, so I was excited to give it a try, It wasn’t near as sweet of a soda, as I am use to, but that isn’t a bad thing.
( I can’t drink Diet sodas due to the Phenylalanine that is used as the artificial sweetener. My stomach was having alot of issues so I went to Gastro Dr. they told me to stop drinking the Diet soda…and WALLA! No more tummy troubles.)
The Zavia gave me alot of choices of flavors and the Black Cherry is definitely my favorite! I loved that they had caffeinated and un caffeinated as I do not drink coffee so my soda is MY CAFFEINE!!
It was thirst quenching and a definite treat to drink.
I am so happy to be able to give Zevia to my grandson and not feel bad that he is drinking pure sugar!
Why do we do what we do?
The Z team is made up of soda-loving people. We grew up drinking classic soda flavors, and turned away from them for health reasons. So making naturally delicious, healthy versions of the familiar favorites we grew up with, without sugar, is our top priority. We make soda the way it should always have been.
For me, the Zevia story started with my conversion from a “sugar junkie” to a stevia fan. About 11 years ago, I quit sugar cold turkey in an effort to upgrade my health. I thought I was a health-conscious person – I exercised frequently, consumed meat in moderation, and consumed natural and organic products whenever possible. But when I really looked at my diet, I found I was consuming up to 250 grams of sugar per day, between protein shakes, energy bars, juice-based spritzers and other foods and beverages. That’s about 1,000 calories a day, just from sugars.
My wife and I decided we needed to make a change. We began using stevia as a sweetener, and to this day, my family uses only stevia in our household. Stevia has given us an alternative without negative side effects, and has kept us from feeling deprived in our sugar-free lifestyle. It’s had a tremendous impact on how we feel every day, and I’m confident it’s benefitting our long-term health.
What is stevia?
It’s always a truism that the best things in nature have been used by somebody around the world for centuries, even millennia; they just needed re-discovering by the wider world. This couldn’t be more true of stevia. Stevia is a small shrub that is a member of Asteraceae family of plants, more commonly referred to as the “sunflower family.” The scientific name for stevia is stevia rebaudiana.
The native peoples of Paraguay have known about the stevia plant for centuries and have employed it to sweeten their beverages for many generations. They have valued its incredible sweetness for a long time. The rest of the world only really “discovered” stevia at the end of the 19th century, through the efforts of the Swiss Dr. Moises Santiago Bertoni, from the University of Ascuncion, who in 1899 received a sample of stevia leaf from a colleague. He named it Stevia Rebaudiana, after the Paraguayan chemist Rebaudi, who later became the first person to isolate the naturally sweet compounds contained therein.