Zero Calorie Drinks That Are Actually Good For You
These days, finding a zero calorie drink isn’t too difficult. But finding a zero calorie drink with ingredients you’ve actually heard of can be.
In fact, there are lots of questions that many of us have when it comes to zero calorie drinks - the first, how is it even possible for drinks to have no calories? And are zero and low calorie drinks really healthy?
Here at DASH, we know a thing or two about drinks with no calories. And we want to share all our know-how so you’re able to choose zero calorie drinks that are actually good for you. From more obvious choices like herbal teas to surprising options like our peach sparkling water, you’ll find out exactly what to reach for.
How are zero calorie drinks possible?
Calories are contained in carbohydrates (sugars), proteins and fats, so without these macronutrients, drinks are able to be calorie free. Sometimes, drinks can contain ingredients that have traces of calories - such as natural fruit flavours - that are so low, they can be classed as zero.
It’s also possible for drinks companies to replace calorie-rich ingredients with zero calorie substitutes. For example, fizzy soft drinks can be calorie free when they replace sugars with sweeteners such as aspartame.
DASH Water contains real fruit - so how can it contain zero calories?
DASH Water is made from water, Co2 bubbles and natural fruit. Of course, the water and carbonation is calorie free - but you might be wondering how fruit, with natural carbohydrates, can be zero calorie.
That’s because the natural fruit that we infuse our sparkling water with, like cucumber, peach, lemon and berries, has such low calorie content, it’s actually classed as zero. So, while technically it does contain traces, this roughly equates to just 1 kcal per 100m.
Are zero calorie drinks healthy?
How healthy zero calorie drinks are can depend on the type of drink. Sparkling water, for example, is hydrating and free from additives and preservatives, while sugar free soft drinks can contain sweeteners that could possibly increase appetite (NHS).
The healthiness of zero calorie drinks also depends on how you incorporate them into your overall diet. While zero calorie and sugar free drinks can be hydrating, their low calorie content means they’re not high in nutrients, so you’ll have to consume them elsewhere. However, natural zero calorie drinks are a great alternative to sugary drinks as they can help you maintain a healthy weight.
How to find zero calorie drinks that are good for you
The easiest way to know whether zero calorie drinks are good for you is to look for simple, natural ingredients. Fewer ingredients with names you understand often means the drink is better than those that contain artificial sweeteners, as health effects for sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose are deemed inconclusive by some research (Harvard Health), plus they may be linked to increased appetite (Harvard Health).
Often, it’s flavouring and sweetness that’s responsible for the calories and drinks, so try to look out for drinks that are flavoured with fruit or botanicals instead.
Zero calorie drinks that are good for you: the list
The best zero calorie drinks involve those that are most simple and natural. Here are some of the healthiest:
1. Water - We know this one is obvious but we couldn’t make a zero calorie drinks list without mentioning the healthiest of all! Pure water does wonders for the body, and it’s recommended that you drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day (NHS).
2. Sugar free squash - Squash is a cheap way to add some flavour to your water fix, just be sure to choose a sugar free version with natural ingredients.
3. Infused sparkling water - A sparkling water that’s infused with real fruit, just like DASH’s, can be a natural zero calorie drink that’s free of any artificial sweeteners too. Just make sure you check the ingredients if you’re choosing another brand!
4. Herbal teas - With countless flavours like ginger and lemon, rooibos, and peppermint, herbal teas are perfect for when you want to try out new tastes.
Some drinks with calories can still be healthy
Natural zero calorie drinks are a great way to avoid sugar and maintain a healthy weight, but you don’t need to swear off calorie drinks for good. In fact, there are many very low calorie drinks that are packed with nutrients. For example, semi-skimmed, skimmed and 1% fat milk are low in calories and are a great source of protein, while fruit and vegetable juice contain sugar, but count towards your five a day. For more guidance, head over to our blog and learn how sugar free drinks can lead to a healthier diet.
Shop zero calorie drinks that are tasty AND good for you
If you’re looking for a fizzy drink that’s all-natural, with no calories, sweetener or sugar, shop DASH’s infused sparkling water today. Flavoured with real, wonky fruit that others say no to, our sparkling water is made with just three ingredients - fruit, bubbles and spring water. Browse our delicious flavours now, or if you’re already a fan, why not start a subscription or buy in bulk?