Soft Drink

Soft Drink

Is sugar-free soft drink bad for you? 

Did you know that classic soft drinks can actually have a whopping 17g of sugar in just one serving! That’s more than a Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut! Traditional sodas are often loaded with sugar, which is straight-up bad for you. The old-school soft drinks (you know the ones) can even have up to 22 teaspoons of sugar in just one 1L bottle! 

Studies have shown that too much sugar has been linked to inflammation and chronic disease, not to mention its immediate negative effect on your mood, energy levels, and teeth. And watch out, many ‘diet’ or ‘zero-free’ versions aren’t as great as they’re cracked up to be either, as all too often they simply swap sugar for heaps of artificial sweeteners that can be just as damaging! 

So, when we set out to make a soft drink that satisfies soda cravings without all the nasty stuff, we knew it had to taste good, too. At Nexba we do things differently and that’s what makes our drinks so special: they’re Naturally Sugar Free, which means they have no sugar AND no artificial ingredients. Plus, they taste even better than their sugary counterparts. Win-win-win! 

That’s why we created an all natural and sugar free soft drink that your tastebuds and health will love!  

Made from natural ingredients, flavours and purified sparkling water, you can trust that Nexba sugar free soft drinks will always taste good and do good.  

We’ve spent years crafting our Nexba #NaturallySugarFree blend, which you can trust will always be sugar and artificial free. The best part? It tastes just like sugar, so you never have to compromise on the taste you love. Magic, hey! 

Nexba Soft Drinks will always be: 

  • Completely sugar free 
  • All natural 
  • Contain zero artificial ingredients, flavours or preservatives 
  • Australian made and owned 
  • Gluten-free 
  • Vegan and keto friendly 
  • BPA-free and made with 100% recycled plastic 

What ingredients are in sugar free soda? 

By now, it’s a pretty well-known fact that sugar is no good for you. The white, refined kind of sugar that we all grew up with has been linked to spiked blood sugar, inflammation, gut health issues (the list goes on) causing many of us to put down the sugar packets for good. 

But let’s be honest, everybody likes a little something sweet every once in a while. That’s why hundreds of sugar-free sweeteners have been popping up on ingredient labels everywhere. But what’s the difference between artificial sweeteners and natural ones? Which is healthier? And which tastes most like the real thing? 

First, let’s remember why we’re here. We know that plain old white, refined sugar is bad for you, but why?  

Basically, when you eat sugar, your blood glucose levels spike, which is the ‘sugar high’ that gives you a short burst of energy, followed quickly by a crash. You can run your blood sugar levels up and down all day, because when you crash, you turn to more sugar to bring you back up. Feeding a sugar crash with more sugar only pulls you into an unhealthy cycle of highs and lows. 

Sugar is also extremely inflammatory in the body, which means it triggers the immune system. Chronic inflammation is believed to be the basis of a lot of common diseases, which is why sugar is a big no-no for your health. 

Lots of sugar free sodas on the market are pumped with artificial sweeteners instead. Artificial sweeteners are just that: they’re artificial. They’re made up of chemicals that derive from all kinds of sources and are the main sweetener choice for diet soft drinks and ‘sugar-free’ processed food.   

Here’s the deal: pretty much all artificial sweeteners have one thing in common – they’re a lot sweeter than ordinary sugar. You’d think that would encourage you to eat a smaller amount of artificially sweetened products, but unfortunately, studies have shown that it has the opposite effect.   

These super-sweet artificial sweeteners can actually lead to side effects like increased appetite, nausea and fatigue and develop into more serious side effects like gut health issues, heart problems and even cancer.   

Be wary of labels that say ‘No artificial colours or flavours’, too. The colour and flavour may be natural, but the sweetener is still made from chemicals that your body won’t enjoy. It’s a no from us! Instead look for the magic combination of no artificials, colours, flavours AND sweeteners. 

As a general guide, it’s always better to opt for natural ingredients rather than artificial ones. They’re usually going to be less processed, contain less chemicals and be just all-round better for you.  

Natural sweeteners are essentially plant derivatives that taste like sugar but contain little calories and some health benefits. Unlike artificial sweeteners, they’re not made from synthetic sugar substitutes and won’t contribute to tooth decay and cavities!  

While natural usually = better, it’s important to remember that not all natural sweeteners are created equal. Some are better than others when it comes to taste, side effects and how they compare to plain old sugar.  

Natural sweeteners like coconut sugar, molasses, honey and maple syrup aren’t really much different from sugar. They may contain slightly smaller amounts of fructose and some tiny amount of nutrients, but sadly your liver really won’t be able to tell the difference. 

But don’t worry! There are natural sweeteners that are actually good for you. Nexba’s Good Sweet Blend of stevia and erythritol mimic the taste of sugar, without all the nasty side effects, so you can sip your fave soda without worry. 

‘Erythritol’; might sound a bit science-y, but it’s actually as natural as they come. It’s a type of sweetener known as a ‘sugar alcohol’ – and unlike stevia, erythritol is a relatively new kid on the block. 

Erythritol is made by fermenting the sweet, natural starches in fruits and vegetables. ‘Fermenting’ means that good bacteria eat the starch and turn it into erythritol, removing all the sugar. 

Again, this sounds a bit complex, but really, it’s just like the fermentation process for everyday favourites like yoghurt, wine and beer. It’s all science! 

At only 70% of regular sugar’s sweetness, erythritol doesn’t pack anything like the same sweet punch as stevia. But it makes up for that in what food techies call ‘bulking properties’. In short, this means it feels and tastes the same as sugar to your mouth (which means no aftertaste, woo!). 

Other than that, erythritol has many of the same benefits as stevia. It also doesn’t cause blood sugar spikes or insulin response, and nor does it have calories or nasty side-effects. 

Stevia sweetener is made from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant: a South American member of the sunflower family. Indigenous people from Paraguay and Brazil have known about stevia for a while now and have been and using its leaves to sweeten their medicines and teas for over 500 years! Thanks to them, the rest of the world has caught onto this magic and Stevia rebaudiana is now grown and harvested globally, including in places like Japan and China. 

How stevia is made: 

  • The leaves of the stevia plant are harvested and dried. 

  • The dried leaves are steeped in hot water to make an extract. 

  • The extract is then filtered and centrifuged to create pure, concentrated stevia that’s ready to use. 

It sounds complicated, but it’s actually a pretty simple process that doesn’t involve adding any artificial nasties at any point. In fact, it’s a lot like the process for making other plant-based extracts, like vanilla. 

The genius of stevia comes from the plant’s natural compounds which are called ‘steviolglycosides’. Each of these compounds has its own unique flavour and sweetness, and different combinations can provide different tastes and sweetness intensities. 

Generally speaking though, stevia is a whopping 200-300 times sweeter than regular sugar. Despite that powerhouse sweetness however, it doesn’t affect blood sugar levels or insulin response. Nor does it cause cavities and or other nasty side-effects. 

In fact, one study showed that stevia may even have a positive effect on insulin levels. And that study joins more than 40,000 others that concluded stevia is safe to use in foods. 

And because your body doesn’t store or break down stevia, it literally has zero calories. That all means you can get the sweetness you crave, without worrying about what it’s doing to your body or your diet. 

Nexba is the top-secret natural sweetener blend we add to all our drinks to make them naturally sugar-free. And we make it from both erythritol and stevia.The icing on your cake is we tweak this formula for every product we make. We don’t just take it easy with our magic formula, we fine-tune it so the mouthfeel and sugar flavourain’t just sweet but is totally adorable to tastebuds. Cheers to that!  

Why choose sugar free soft drinks? 

To put it simply, sugar free soft drinks are just better for you than their sugary counterparts. Soft drinks made with sugar free and all natural ingredients won’t give you all the nasty side effects that full sugar soft drinks do.  

Nexba Soft Drink is 100% free from sugar yet still bursting with flavour. And we haven’t just ditched the sugar for artificial sweeteners either. We’re all-natural baby!  

Where do we deliver sugar free soft drinks to? 

That’s the best part! Nexba delivers its very best all natural and sugar free soft drinks Australia-wide. 

What flavour sugar free soft drinks do we have? 

Nexba Naturally Free Soft Drinks come in Orange, Pineapple, Lemon Squash and Creaming Soda.