If you’re craving soda or if you just want a break from water, I’ve got the perfect healthy soda alternative for you…
And it’s something I drink myself every day!
It has the fizzy kick of soda without all the toxic sugar or artificial sweeteners. In fact, my special “soda” is packed with two key nutrients you need to be getting in your body.
All you need is 30 seconds and two ingredients:
1) Sparkling Mineral Water
I strongly recommend San Pellegrino, because it’s one of the very few mineral waters that contains sulfate ions.
Sulfur is an essential mineral, but most people don’t get enough in their diet. Sulfur helps cleanse & detoxify your body, protects against oxidative stress, boosts your immune system, and can even help support your joints.1
2) Balsamic Vinegar
It’s naturally sweet, a little tangy, and contains an abundant amount of energy- and longevity-boosting polyphenols.
One study indicates that the polyphenols in balsamic vinegar helped inhibit LDL oxidation, a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.2
To make the drink:
Simply add a couple tablespoons of balsamic to a glass, top with San Pellegrino, stir, and enjoy.
I even do it in restaurants! Just ask the waiter to bring over the balsamic and add a few drops to your mineral water.
It may seem crazy, but balsamic vinegar is naturally sweet… so this simple drink satisfies a sweet tooth AND a craving for carbonation.
This is one soda I don’t feel guilty for loving – again, I drink it myself every day.
So the next time you have a soda craving, give this ‘healthy soda recipe’ a try… and make sure to let me know what you think.
Looking out for you,
Steven Gundry, MD
P.S. I highly recommend San Pellegrino because, compared to other brands, it has the highest level of sulfates: 535 milligrams per liter. Other sulfate-containing mineral waters include Perrier, Gerolsteiner, Badoit, Calistoga, Azzurra, and Vichy. But, again, none have nearly the level of San Pellegrino.
2Iizuka M, Tani M, Kishimoto Y, et al. Inhibitory Effects of Balsamic Vinegar on LDL Oxidation and Lipid Accumulation in THP-1 Macrophages. Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology. 2010;56(6):421-427. doi:10.3177/jnsv.56.421.