Thursday, August 30, 2012

Paleo Honey Soda

Paleo Soda?
While not so much a Paleo snack as much as it is a Paleo drink, this Honey Soda recipe is a real treat when you are looking for (or craving) a simple and sweet soda within Paleo diet parameters.
This is a true Paleo drink. Unlike any commercially available soft drinks (like Coke or Pepsi), including diet sodas. Where some Paleo or Primal diet proponents deem diet sodas as acceptable in limited amounts, I don't believe there is anything to be gained by drinking them. First of all they typically taste like crap, and secondly the synthetic sweeteners, preservatives, and artificial coloring are not Paleo and are likely detrimental to your health as well. They may be even more harmful than non-diet soda. You are almost better off drinking a standard soda than a diet version.
I am not going to go into too much detail about the numerous advantages of my honey soda recipe over factory made, high fructose corn syrup laden cans of empty calories, but I will state some simple facts for comparison:
Honey Soda (8 oz) vs. Coca-Cola (8 oz)
Glycemic Index: 55 vs. 61
Sugar (grams): 16 vs. 26
Calories: 60 vs. 93
Total Carb (grams): 17 vs. 26
Sodium (mg): 0 vs. 45
Artificial Color: No vs. Yes
Preservatives: No vs. Yes
I think the numbers speak for themselves. I will suggest that you be selective with the honey that you chose. Try to buy local honey and try to buy organic. This may or may not be reasonable in your area. Any way you get your honey, you will still end up with a better product than the diabetes-in-a-can being sold at your local grocery store. So here is the recipe:
Honey Soda
Serves 1
Ingredients:
  • 8 ounces Seltzer water
  • 1 tbs pure honey
Preparation:
  1. Pour Seltzer water into a clear glass.
  2. Stir in honey. This will take some time to dissolve into the seltzer water (5 minutes typically). I find it is easiest to use two spoons, one to measure and another to scrape. Use both to mix until the honey is disolved.
  3. Add ice to glass, or pour over ice in a second glass and enjoy.

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