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Healthier Soda Alternative

By Karen Kelly, R.D. | July 7, 2022

The only liquid calories that the dietitians and doctors at NJBC will recommend is a protein shake or glass of low-fat milk. The goal should be to drink 64 ounces of fluid per day and the majority of it should be water. However, if you miss your old favorite beverage like soda and have tried diet soda but don’t like the taste, I’ve found an alternative that is healthier, and tastes good. It’s called Olipop.

Olipop is a “new kind of soda” that claims it is actually good for you. I recently came across this new product while grocery shopping at Shoprite. Each can contains between 35-45 calories. This is much healthier than the 120-180 calories in regular soda. There is no added sugar and it’s sweetened with stevia. What’s really cool about Olipop is that it’s gut-friendly. These sodas contain added prebiotics and 9g of fiber. That’s about the same amount of fiber in 2 cups of broccoli. 

To find out if Olipop passed the taste test I purchased 4 of them for myself and my 3 teenage boys. There were 7 different flavors to choose from Classic Root Beer, Vintage Cola, Strawberry Vanilla, Orange Squeeze, Cherry Vanilla, Classic Grape and Ginger Lemon. We really enjoyed the Classic Grape, Root Beer and Orange Squeeze flavors. I like that they’re available as individual cans, which is great for portion control.

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If you miss having soda or are craving a sweet drink, I do think Olipop would be a great option for an occasional change. At the end of the day, it is important to use this in moderation. If you have any questions about healthier drink swaps give us a call at 908-481-1270.

Karen Kelly, RD, is a registered dietitian at New Jersey Bariatric Center, a medical & surgical weight loss center with offices in Springfield, Somerville, Hoboken, East Brunswick, Hackettstown and Sparta, New Jersey. She provides pre-operative and post-operative nutritional counseling to New Jersey Bariatric Center’s Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve, LAP-BAND (gastric band) and revision patients, in addition to dietary counseling for patients in our Medical Weight Loss program.
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