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One of the things that people with diabetes hate is being told we can’t have something. I am a big believer in eating what I want and matching the insulin, but I do have a few exceptions. I rarely have a drink that isn’t low in carbohydrate, they make my blood sugars spike too high and it’s not worth it. Low sugar drink options are increasing, but there is still a big gap in availability between those and the full sugar options.
What Is SodaStream?
Over the last month we have been exploring whether SodaStream can help to fill that void. SodaStream have been around for as long as I can remember, but I’ve never owned one myself. Originating in England in the early 1900’s they are a well established brand making quality products.
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The machines turn regular tap water in to a sparkling drink in seconds with just the push of a button. With reusable bottles and a selection of flavours you can make your own fizzy drinks at home in a more sustainable way.
How does the SodaStream Spirit work?
Getting the SodaStream Spirit set up took no time at all. There are no cables or anything to plug in, you just pop the carbon dioxide cartridge in the back and it’s ready to go. It comes with one large bottle, and you fill this up to the water line and pop it in. You then press the top between 1 and 5 times depending on how fizzy you like you drinks. I always go for a full 5 but JHogg is happy with 3-4.
The bottle has a lid, so you can put it in the fridge for later or take it out and about with you. It is a large bottle which makes it perfect for making drinks for more than 1 person, but if you would prefer smaller bottles then there are lots of available options.
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What Do We Think Of The SodaStream?
For My Blood Sugars
First and foremost, I am loving the option to have a fizzy drink at home without having to worry about big blood sugar spikes. The organic syrups and cordials have around 5g carb per 100ml – meaning your average 200ml glass is only 10g carbohydrate. When being drunk along side a meal (which is the best time for fizzy drinks as far as your teeth are concerned!) that 10g doesn’t make a huge impact on my blood glucose levels in the same way alternatives do.
For The Environment
Our plastic waste has definitely reduced since introducing the SodaStream. We usually had one 2L bottle of juice per week, which isn’t a huge amount, but that is 52 over the course of a year and suddenly it seems a lot more! Being able to make our own drinks at home in smaller, reusable bottles means we have less overall waste.
Using the SodaStream at home has been really simple, and both JHogg and I reach for it regularly. I do wish that the bottles were suitable for use in the dishwasher as I find them a little difficult to clean by hand, but you can purchase a brush from them which would make it a little easier.
The system is compact and doesn’t intrude on our kitchen space. It has really quickly become part of our routine to use it, proving just how easy it is.
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We were sent a SodaStream Spirit and 2 cordials for the purposes of carrying out a review. All words and opinions are my own.