When people think about eating healthier they also look at what they are drinking. Many people, my husband included, make the switch to club soda. No calories, no artificial sweeteners, no flavourings, clear and refreshing. Right? No, not quite.
Club soda is not just about bubbles. Read the label of any standard club soda can and you will see 4% sodium. Surprised? If you are just having a can once in a while you probably aren’t concerned. If you have a heart condition or high blood pressure then take note. If you are drinking them daily as your 6-8 glasses of water equivalent (approximately five 355 ml cans) then you are looking at upwards to 20% of your recommended daily intake in sodium. When I did this math I immediately switched to Low Sodium club soda.
Wait! Before you jump up and run off to the store, be aware that there are marketing interpretations of what Low Sodium is. In Canada some of the generic brands (such as PC and Selection) Low Sodium Club Soda products have 1% sodium. However, I was surprised to read name brands that labelled 2% sodium as Low Sodium Club Soda. In my eyes, this is a significant enough of a difference to sway my buying decision.
As always is the case, it is “Buyer Beware!”.
This Buyer only buys generic low sodium club soda at 1% sodium for her hubby. Considering that the generic brand is typically more than half the price of the name brands, my pocket book is happy as well.