Sparkling Ice is known to be a tasty, refreshing and zero-calorie soft drink alternative, but while it helps you avoid drinking soda, is this healthier go-to option too good to be true? According to a Wall Street Journal report, unfortunately, it is.
So what’s the big problem? Sucralose, one of the main ingredients in Sparkling Ice. As with Splenda, which has gained attention due to health experts claiming it is much worse for you than sugar, sucralose has been linked to an increased appetite by interfering with hormones in the brain that tell you when you’re full. It has also been found to kill good bacteria in your gut.
Unfortunately, people resort to Sparkling Ice to avoid drinking diet soda, unaware that their substitute drink is just as unhealthy as the real thing. The Wall Street Journal also mentioned that as sales for Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi dropped, sales for Sparkling Ice grew by $636 million in 2015.
Fortunately, your sparkling water habit can go on, as not every sparkling water is packed with sucralose. For instance, LaCroix is sweetened with all-natural essential oils, and Spindrift uses real fruit. It’s best to stay on the safe side and do a little research when purchasing your next sparkling water drink.Related: Bottled Water: One of the Largest Scams in History?