Millions of people are choosing soda alternatives, specifically alternatives to sodas that contain sugar. Since the early 2000s, the percentage of Americans who said they regularly consume sugary sodas has been declining.

If you’re a water drinker, you might be thinking you don’t need a soda alternative. You already chose a soda alternative and it’s H20.

Not so fast. While water is obviously a great choice, even devoted water drinkers deserve a treat once in a while.

When you find yourself in a mood for something a little sweet, there are some attributes you’ll want to look for to make sure you’re still making a healthy choice. You need a water alternative.

Soda alternatives with functional ingredients

Whether you know it or not, in addition to it hydrating you, water is working for you. The benefits of water are pretty much endless, but a few worth mentioning.

  • It increases energy and relieves fatigue.
  • It flushes out toxins.
  • It may help relieve constipation.
  • It can aid in weight loss.
  • It can help improve skin tone.

Since you’re used to getting all of that from water, you’ll want to choose a treat beverage that works for you. 

Enter functional beverages. A functional beverage is a non-alcoholic beverage that has added ingredients for specific benefits. 

When choosing a functional beverage to replace your water, you’ll want to consider what function you’re seeking– as well as what additives you want to avoid (more on that later).

Popular functions

Perhaps it’s because of the Covid-19 pandemic, or maybe it’s a burgeoning interest in longevity. Whatever the reason, lots of folks seek an immunity boost from their beverages. 

There are dozens of ingredients that are said to boost immunity, including elderberry, echinacea, Vitamin C and Zinc. A healthy dose of these will help keep you fight off everyday illnesses, especially during flu/cough/cold/covid seasons.

Electrolytes are most well-known for their ubiquity in sports drinks. They are infused into sports drinks for good reason. Electrolytes are the essential vitamins and minerals our body needs to operate at its peak.

Electrolytes are now finding their way into everyday beverages because you don’t need to be an elite athlete to want the benefits they offer. Electrolytes help regulate the balance of fluids in the body, giving us energy to take on the demanding schedules most of us keep– whether it’s leg day or not. 

B Vitamins are a complex group of vitamins that do just about anything you can imagine. From brain, cellular and cardiovascular health to energy production, B vitamins are one of the most sought-after functional ingredients in the industry.

Of course your daily intake of whole foods in combination with supplementation is the best way to make sure you’re getting all of these functional ingredients. But today’s health conscious consumers want all their food and drinks to work for them.

All Friends’ entire lineup has the functional ingredients you (or your customers) are looking for. And none that you aren’t.

That’s right. Some beverage brands include things like electrolytes or B vitamins, but they also include a high sugar content or high fructose corn syrup. 

Additionally, the beverage may be marketed as having certain functional ingredients, but the beverages don’t include a significant amount of the ingredient to be considered an “excellent source” of it. 

All Friends is an excellent source of C, B3, B5, B6, B12, E, Zinc and Selenium– giving you at least 30% of the recommended daily amount of each. With one serving of any of the All Friends lineup, you’re getting energy, brain health, immunity-boosting goodness.

On top of that, it contains less sugar than you’re used to seeing at foodservice beverage fountains. In short, it’s an excellent source of the stuff you want, and not a source of the stuff you don’t.

Make All Friends your soda (or water) alternative today.

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