Keep the fizz but stay healthy in 2019

January is the time of year for making New Year’s resolutions and healthy choices, such as staying off alcohol for a month or cutting down on calories or sugar, amongst others. Water is the healthiest way to hydrate and choosing sparkling water is a great way to make it still feel a little indulgent, without any sugar or calories. Despite this, only 1 in 5 of households drink sparkling water[1].

Johanna Hignett, Registered Nutritionist, added “A great way to start the New Year is to swap out soft drinks for plain water, whether it’s still or sparkling, as it has no sugar or sweeteners.”

According to Public Health England, soft drinks contribute significantly to free sugars in UK diets[2]. Simply switching just one sugar-sweetened drink a day to water, could potentially cut out up to 25g of sugar per day.

We have put together a few suggestions of ways to increase your H₂O consumption as part of a healthier New Year and new you.

Original style soft drinks and fruit juices all contain sugar and so also have calories in. Sparkling water can make a great alternative and contains no sugar or calories, and is just as hydrating as still water.

Sparkling waters vary in their amount of fizz (some actually come out of the ground this way) and they have varying levels of minerals so will all taste a little different, depending on where they are from – why not do a taste test to see which you prefer?

Sparkling water can be a refreshing pick me up because of the bubbles. Next time you need a boost, try a drink of sparkling water.

Add a slice of lemon, lime or even cucumber to give sparkling water an extra dimension. If you’re feeling creative you can make things more interesting by adding fruit ice cubes. You can make these yourselves – just add strawberries, grapes, blueberries or raspberries to the filled ice tray before freezing.

If you’re giving up alcohol for January or you’re just looking for a healthy non-alcoholic drink with a bit of fizz, make your own mocktails using sparkling water as a sugar and calorie free base. For example, add a dash of Angostura bitters to sparkling water for tasty twist.

Whether you’re eating at home, have friends round for lunch or dinner, or you’re off to a restaurant, make sure there is always water on the table. Sparkling water can make it feel more like a treat too.

ENDS

Published 2nd January 2018

Notes to Editors

  1. The Natural Hydration Council is a not for profit organisation dedicated to researching the science and communicating the facts about healthy hydration.
  2. For more information on healthy hydration go to naturalhydrationcouncil.org.uk/ or contact awalker@naturalhydrationcouncil.org.uk

[1] Kantar Worldpanel Water Database YTD – 12/08/2018 – Purchase data

[2] National Diet and Nutrition Survey, Public Health England, March 2018