What to look for in sugar-free drinks


The World Health Organisation recommends limiting ourselves to no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day. However, many of us eat (and drink) much, much more - and it ain’t great for our health. In fact, sugar has been linked to some of the most common health problems of our times, including diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and cancer.

And sugar-laden drinks are a major part of the problem. Studies have consistently linked sugar-sweetened drinks to weight gain and obesity because our body can't metabolise the particular type of sugar, called fructose, that they're laden with.

It’s no surprise, then, that more and more sugar-free drinks keep popping up on supermarket shelves and fridges. But are these drinks really all they’re cracked up to be?


What are naturally sweetened, sugar free drinks?

These days, you can find a sugar-free alternative for just about any drink you can imagine.

But most sugar-free drinks still contain sweeteners; they’re just sweeteners that aren’t sugar, and they can be either artificial or natural.

The natural sweeteners that are used in sugar-free drinks can be broken down into two groups:

1, ‘Non-nutritive’: natural sweeteners that don’t affect your body like sugar does. Extracted from fruits, veggies and other plants, they contain no sugar so your body doesn’t react to them the way it does to sugar.  

Common examples include:

  • erythritol – only 70 per cent of regular sugar’s sweetness, but with a very similar feel in your mouth
  • stevia - 200-300 times sweeter than regular sugar, but can feel a bit astringent in your mouth
  • xylitol - 95% of regular sugar’s sweetness, but too much can cause stomach upsets

Even though these sweeteners are ‘good sweet’ powerhouses, most of the big drinks companies don’t use them. In a bid for profit over health, instead they often pump their ‘sugar-free’ drinks with artificial chemical sweeteners that can have some nasty health side effects.


2. ‘Nutritive’: natural sweeteners that aren’t table sugar, but still are loaded with fructose, the type of sugar that our bodies can't metabolise.

Come common examples are:

  • coconut sugar
  • date sugar
  • maple syrup
  • honey
  • agave nectar

Because these sugars occur naturally, many folk consider them to be healthy. But your body can't tell the difference between table sugar and 'natural' sugar. It reacts to these sugars in the same way it reacts to regular table sugar. And they still contribute to your daily six teaspoon sugar limit.

So, long story short: we reckon it’s best to stick with the non-nutritive sweeteners.

Why is Nexba the best sugar free drink?

At Nexba, we're on an ongoing mission to create healthy, sugar-free drinks that taste ah-mazing. And more than six years of testing, research and development have led us to craft the perfect, sugar-free, natural sweetener blend.

It’s a clever combo of stevia and erythritol (the natural non-nutritive sweeteners that are sugar-free) that steers clear of anything artificial, while still ticking the 100% sugar-free box. Stevia brings a big, sweet punch, while erythritol mellows out the flavour and creates the right texture in your mouth.

As a result, Nexba drinks taste and feel exactly like sugar to your tongue, minus the dodgy side-effects.

That’s why we describe our drinks as ‘good sweet’ – they have all the taste of regular sugar, with none of the issues.


The Nexba Difference

Naturally Sugar Free

While some probiotic drinks still contain sugar, Nexba drinks are independently assessed and contain NO sugar. None, zip, nada, and nuthin'.

No Artificial Sweeteners or Ingredients

We use a special blend of NATURAL sweeteners and source only NATURAL ingredients, so we don't need anything artificial in our drinks, ever. Period.

Amazing Taste

Some folk think that natural and healthy has to taste bland and blehh. Not the Nexba Crew. We promise full flavour and awesomely delish combos all day, every day.

Smart & Robust Probiotics

Oh, did we mention our superhero probiotic, Bacillus Coagulans? Without need of refrigeration he's capable of making it from bottle to gut in a single inhuman bound.

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