Imagine this: It’s a sweltering day outside and there are beads of sweat on your forehead, neck, and the body. You find shelter inside a convenience store. You head to the cold beverages. What are you most likely to get?
Let’s try a different scenario…
You are having a very sumptuous and savory meal. What’s the best beverage to drink?
If you don’t answer soda, I am certain you at least thought of it and managed to resist temptation. For that, I applaud you!
I’m going to lay it on the line and say that I am sure I’m not alone and will still answer soda with all their hearts. By now we are all aware that soda has a long list of adverse effects to our health, but people still buy and patronize it. To be frank, I was guilty of this until a couple of months ago.
A couple of months ago, I started having acid reflux every time I drink soda. Heartburn, bloating, unstoppable burping, dysphagia or the sensation of food being stuck in your throat because the esophagus is narrowing, and nausea. I suffered all these for 2 to 3 days all because of a can of soda. This episode of acid reflux was so unusual that it prompted me to head to the emergency room where I was treated accordingly. I told the doctor I have never experienced this before. He said that as people age, we react to food and beverage differently. He also advised that it is best for me to cut down on my soda intake or to stop drinking it altogether.
I was bummed, but the more I thought about his advice, I figured giving up soda totally is not a bad thing at all, especially since it does not help with my ketogenic or keto diet and it does not burn fat at all. Soda is a very classic example of “A moment on the lips, forever on the hips”.
I immediately went and sought advice from my brother’s girlfriend who has not drunk a drop of soda for many years because of her GERD or gastroesophageal disease. I asked her how she does it. She told me she has Good Idea. I was like, “What’s your good idea?” It turns out, she meant she drinks Good Idea Sparkling Lemon Lime.
Her “Good Idea” is actually flavored sparkling water. She said it’s the next best thing, so after she shared with me her take on the drink, I decided to take a thorough look at it myself. The first thing I wanted to get to know is Good Idea.
Good idea - The Swedish Sugar Buster was born of the Swedish company Adventure AB, who has a stellar record in successfully producing research-founded, healthy foods to the market. Their principle is “Science guided by nature”. They have made it their company’s mission to make the world healthier by offering attractive and scientifically-proven products to the market. What made me catch my attention were the words “sugar buster”.
There are plenty of choices when it comes to sparkling water. In fact, Good Idea comes in three flavors: dragon fruit, lemon lime, and orange mango. It’s not exactly an innovation at this current day and age. However, Good Idea Sparkling Lemon Lime is an exception. This drink is infused with 5 amino acids and the essential mineral Chromium. Their scientific review has shown that their special blend of five amino acids and a mineral reduces blood sugar by 20-30% after a carbohydrate-loaded meal. Chromium is found in broccoli and whole-grain products and is known to help the body process carbohydrates and regulate blood sugar.
Good Idea Sparkling Lemon Lime only comes with 10 calories, can you believe that? It has no sugar, no artificial sweeteners, no artificial preservatives, and no caffeine. It is all-natural, gluten-free, vegan, kosher, and is non-GMO or genetically modified organisms. This drink does not violate the ketogenic or keto diet, paleo diet, and Whole30 diet. It is also safe for people who have diabetes.
Good Idea Sparkling Lemon Lime has clinically shown that it reduces blood spikes that come after a meal. As you know, blood spikes increase a person’s risk of obesity, dementia, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
With all these beautiful claims, I placed an order for a 12-can variety pack. It could not arrive at a more perfect timing because my family and I were having a get-together lunch. I decided to try the lemon lime variant.
After I took my first sip, I noticed how it also had that same refreshing sensation I get from soda, only subtler and easier on the throat. I was so surprised that the lack of sweetness did not bother me so much. If anything, it made me enjoy my drink more. I wasn’t in any hurry to gulp it all at once. What I liked most about it is that it didn’t give me that post-meal slump. You know how you always feel sleepy right after a heavy meal? Good Idea’s Sugar Buster claims worked like a magic on me. After our meal, I still had the energy to sing karaoke with my family.
Drinking soda is a hard habit to break, but it can be done. It is on us to come up with “Good Idea(s)” to rid ourselves of this deceptively harmless habit.