SodaStream: A Nutritional Wasteland
In an interview with Martin Cash in the Winnipeg Free Press last summer (2012), SodaStream Canada’s national President, Marta Mikita-Wilson, says that one of the reasons she became a distributor for SodaStream is because it’s great to “do something great for the planet and for people’s health,”
SodaStream has also claimed to be “a healthy alternative to store bought sodas.”
However, a closer examination of SodaStream’s nutritional profile makes me wonder just how “great” this product is for my health.
For example, SodaStream has added two new syrups one is Kool-Aid the other Country Time Lemonade. I don’t ever remember Kool-Aid promoting itself as a “healthy” alternative, but one of SodaStream’s marketing ploys is to promote itself nutritionally superior to pop, but is it really?
The Cherry Flavour Kool-Aid syrup has 8 grams of sugar for just 10 ml. of syrup. The same syrup also contains the controversial Acesulfame Potassium [sometimes referred to as Acesulfame K] sweetener, which is about 200 times sweeter than sugar! See our Health Issues post on this blog for more information on Ace-K.
The Country Time Lemonade syrup contains Yellow #5, a controversial colouring also known as tartarzine or E102. Yellow #5 has actually been banned in Austria and Norway, while other European countries have issued warnings about the possible side effects of its consumption. Watch for more info on this topic in our upcoming post on the artificial colours found in SodaStream syrups.
Clearly, parents are better off giving their kids traditional Kool-Aid in hot weather. Yes, the Kool-Aid still contains sugar but at least you’re not giving your kids Ace-K, a sweetener that has been linked to a variety of health problems.
Moreover, two previous animal studies found a connection between Acesulfame K [Potassium] and cancer.
The Dietitians of Canada website also states that people on low potassium diets should avoid Acesulfame Potassium.
In Canada Acesulfame Potassium is also not permitted to be sold in individual packets. In an article, Ten Foods You Should Avoid by Cynthia Reynolds in Best Health Magazine, Acesulfame K [Potassium] is listed as one of these ten foods you should avoid.
Please check out the following links for more information on SodaStream syrup ingredients and food labelling requirements in Canada:
http://www.besthealthmag.ca – 10 Foods You Should Avoid [on Acesulfame Potassium] – by Cynthia Reynolds – May 24, 2012.
http://www.cspinet.org/new/pdf/fooddyes Center for Science in the Public Interest-Food Dyes:A Rainbow of Risks-by Sarah Kobylewski-June 2010
http://www.dailygreen.com – On SodaStream and sugar content. – by Marion Nestle.
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca – Proposal to Improve Food Colouring Labelling Requirements. – Health Canada.
http://www.livestrong.com and nytimes.com\20089\23 – Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health & Splenda for information research on Splenda’s safety.
Coming soon…Watch for our upcoming post on this blog…..Controversial Colours, on the food dyes used in SodaStream syrups, we’re taking a closer look at the ingredients in this product that SodaStream executives like Marta Mikita-Wilson insist on marketing as healthy!