Myths About SodaStream
SodaStream perpetuates a number of myths about its products, specifically:
MYTH: SodaStream is a green product, if I buy a SodaStream the number of plastic bottles I use will be dramatically reduced!
REALITY: To put it bluntly, in terms of its carbon footprint, SodaStream is no different than any other small, home appliance that is shipped halfway around the world by container ship and then trucked to store shelves across North America. Clearly, SodaStream relies on fossil fuels to get to us. Moreover, SodaStream has no proof that the people who purchase its beverage makers are not still purchasing soft drinks and bottled water in plastic bottles and throwing them in the trash. Yet SodaStream knows how to appeal to the public but stressing green issues. They even have a counter on their web site that is constantly updating the number of bottles they are saying planet. This is purely propaganda as there is no way SodaStream can prove numbers such as these. The green washing the company engages in is done wholly to deflect attention away from the company’s illegal operations in the West Bank.
MYTH: “SodaStream is good for people’s health”, to quote SodaStream’s Winnipeg-based President, Marta Mikita-Wilson
REALITY: All of the SodaStream syrups contain a variety of artificial colours, sugar as well as the controversial sweetener ACE-K, or sucralose which has been linked to many health problems. In fact, many of SodaStream’s syrups, sugar is either the first or second ingredient listed, and according to Colleen Einarson Rand, the regional manager of Community Nutrition for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), the higher up on the list of ingredients and the more often it appears on the list, indicates the product contains a signficant amount of sugar. Moreover, SodaStream has recently introduced Kool-Aid and Country Time Lemonade Syrups, does this sound healthy?
In the case of SodaStream’s Energy Drink, the first ingredient is sugar, followed by water and then dextrose and fructose, both which are types of sugar. These other forms of sugar may be equally problematic when consumed in excess because they may contain as many or even more empty calories than regular table sugar.
MYTH: SodaStream is good for my kids.
REALITY: There is no doubt that SodaStream does market its products at kids, particularly through its partnership with Kool-Aid, but from what we see, there is nothing healthy or redeeming about these products. We all know there is a childhood obesity epidemic. Most dietitians will tell you that kids should not be drinking their calories and all that is needed to quench their thirst is water. A quick glance at the SodaStream syrup labels reveals they mainly contain sugar and/or sugar substitutes that come with some very specific health risks. See the other posts on our new blog, Exposing SodaStream’s Health Myths, to learn more about what is actually in your SodaStream syrup.
For kids, Sports drinks (energy drinks) and carbonated soft drinks should only be consumed in small amounts and on rare occasions.
MYTH: SodaStream produces no waste
REALITY: While the SodaStream units come with a reusable bottle that you mix the drink in, the syrup bottles must be recycled, they can’t be reused. Depending on the city you live in your SodaStream syrup bottles may or may not get recycled, and of course if you live in a city or province with very low recycling compliance (ie. Winnipeg/Manitoba), those hard plastic syrup bottles could very well end up in a landfill. Of course, once again there is no way to prove if they are every recycled or