- Value: 16/20
- Functionality: 20/20
- Quality: 20/20
- Aesthetics: 20/20
- Taste*: 18/20
You’ve been trying to wean yourself off soda for years. The regular stuff is packed with sugar, but diet doesn’t exactly scratch your itch for sweet, syrupy bliss either (which means sparkling water and fancy seltzer definitely won’t cut it). But what if we told you there’s a healthy alternative to soda that actually tastes like your beloved pop of choice *and* boosts your gut health? It’s not too good to be true, friends: Meet OLIPOP.
While it certainly tastes like soda, OLIPOP’s drinks are more like fizzy tonics, thanks to all of their beneficial ingredients. Each can is packed with prebiotics (aka food for probiotics), plant fiber and botanicals to boost the health of your microbiome and digestive system. Better yet, each 12-ounce sipper boasts 8 to 9 grams of dietary fiber, 5 grams of sugar or fewer, 3 to 8 net carbs and a maximum of 50 calories. (A typical root beer contains about triple the calories, no fiber and nearly 40 grams of sugar, for reference.)
In case you need more convincing, OLIPOP’s drinks are vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, Paleo and keto-friendly, as well as free of artificial sweeteners, colors and flavors. Instead of using freaky ingredients to mimic classic soda flavors, the tonics are sweetened with a combination of natural cassava syrup, stevia leaf extract and natural fruit sugars. Years of research went into choosing wholesome ingredients that are known to boost digestive health, and they range from high-fiber nopal cactus to prebiotic-rich kudzu root to soothing calendula. Despite the clean labels, OLIPOP’s flavors are classic, ranging from Vintage Cola to Orange Squeeze.
OLIPOP might be available at a store near you, but you can save yourself some time perusing the aisles by ordering through the online shop. (P.S.: If you don’t go a day without your favorite fizzy bev, consider making your purchase a subscription to save 15 percent on every order.) Before you fill your cart, read on for our ranking of all six flavors.