Put Down That Diet Coke, Real Healthy Sodas Actually Taste Better
Posted Nov 18 2008 1:17pm
I discovered this yoga bunny detox “healthy” soda while snacking on a sandwich at Gatwick airport in London, and I loved the drink as much as I love the name. I’m a proud yogini so anything that has the word “yoga” in its name grabs my attention. Yikes, how’s that for being drawn in by clever marketing!
This soda has a light citrus taste from the addition of grapefruit, lemon and lime juice. It’s a little too sweet for my liking but still distinctively less sugary than a regular soda. It’s important to note that I usually make my own sodas with sparkling water mixed with fruit juice so my sugar-soda-tolerance is quite low.
Why is yoga bunny detox healthy?
I haven’t had a “regular” soda in years, and I hope you haven’t either. I wrote a whole article about it which you can read if you’ve got time - Soft Drink, The Double Whammy.
Soda is one of the worst things you can put into your body. If it’s not full of refined sugar, then it’s full of aspartame which is worse. And most sodas are stocked full of chemicals. It’s just not worth drinking it.
So I was very happy to find a healthy alternative. Finally a company has realized that it’s possible to make a healthy soda that tastes just as good, if not better than the usual unhealthy brands.
I consider Yoga Bunny Detox to be a healthy alternative because it contains no refined sugars and no chemicals. The sweet taste is grape juice, not cane sugar. Grape juice in its concentrated form still has a high GI so you don’t want to drink buckets of this stuff, but it’s definitely a much, much, much healthier soda alternative so good for a treat or for something different if you’re sick of ordering water.
Yoga bunny also contains a few herbal infusions - Hemp, Echinacea and Ginseng. While I’m all for hemp and ginseng and their health benefits, I’m not so sure about the addition of Echniacea.
Why you don’t want to take Echinacea every day
Echinacea is a very healing herb which boosts the immune system by a lot. It’s one of my favorite supplements to take. However, Echinacea is only good to take if you are sick or getting sick, and only for 2-3 days at a time.
If you start consuming Echnicacea on a daily basis, then it can become very unhealthy because you’re constantly stimulating your immune system. Really you’re just tiring your body out. In extreme cases daily consumption of Echinacea can even lead to auto-immune diseases.
So if you’re taking a regular dose of Echinacea, you might want to do a little more research and reconsider your daily supplements.
While yoga bunny detox is trying to be super healthy, I think they’ve missed the mark a little with the addition of Echinacea. It would have been much better to just leave it out.
But hey, every now and again Echinacea is okay. And I’m getting tired of ordering water or juice when I’m out because of the lack of healthy drinks available, so I was very excited to find this soda sitting proudly under a stack of cheese and salad sandwiches.
If you have a soda addiction and want to kick it, of course it’s healthier to go the water and make-your-own-juices option, but if you need to wean yourself off a little, or love a treat, then something like yoga bunny detox is a good way to go.