Review: Zevia

by Jenn (eating bender) on August 16, 2008

A few weeks ago, I wrote this post discussing Truvia, a new, stevia-based sweetener that aims to rival Splenda and NutraSweet the “natural” way.

Soon after, I received a comment from Ian Eisenberg, the co-CEO of Zevia, a company that aims to create “nature’s answer to diet soda.” After talking with Ian and another member of the team, Stacey, they were gracious enough to send me a huge package of every flavor of Zevia to review for the blog.

See, I told you they were generous! So thanks to Zevia for the samples.

To start, I would like to give you a brief background of my history with soda (or pop, if you prefer). Growing up, I would drink regular soda constantly. My favorites were Cherry Coke and Dr. Pepper, but you could pretty much give me anything and I would have been happy. I’m very lucky that I was able to drink that much sugar and not gain weight. It wasn’t until high school, when we did an experiment involving our baby teeth and regular soda (to see the effect it had on real teeth), that I made the conscious decision to drink less of it. Eventually, it got to the point where I didn’t crave it anymore, and I was able to stop drinking it completely.

Today, the hype surrounds sodas that are diet or lower in sugar. But these drinks create an entirely different problem because of all the controversy behind Splenda, NutraSweet and aspartame. I still don’t know where I stand on Splenda, but I personally try to stay away from NutraSweet and aspartame at all times. There have just been too many studies (click the link for a recent article) that have proven its harmful to your health.

So when I heard about the new, stevia-based soda option, I jumped at the chance to try something new. The truth is, even though I don’t drink soda anymore, I would like to be able to enjoy it as an occasional treat (especially with ice cream!), but only if I could be sure that when I am drinking one, it’s not detrimental to my health. In my research on Zevia, I found that it boasts zero artificial ingredients, plus no sugar or HFCS. Knowing that, I felt I could sample it with confidence and provide a fair review.



Flavor: Natural Cola

Description: “A classic cola flavor without artificial ingredients is difficult to attain, but perfected in Zevia Natural Cola. Zevia Natural Cola is sweetened without sugar and is lightly, naturally caffeinated from kola nut extract, coffee, and tea. Zevia Natural Cola does not contain phosphoric acid. The rich cola flavor has no aftertaste.”

Review: Wow! I was really surprised by how similar this tasted to Coca-Cola. It also smelled a lot like it, but maybe I’m just the weird girl who smells her soda? πŸ˜‰ Either way, I really felt like I was drinking regular cola. If anything, it was a little less sweet, but in a good way because regular soda can often taste like you’re drinking a bucket of sugar. It was really smooth and not too fizzy, which is good for my sensitive stomach. Now I can see why big soda companies are planning to use stevia-based sweeteners – there really is little difference in taste, but it’s a whole lot better for you! Good thing Zevia is ahead of the curve!

Flavor: Natural Orange

Description: “Zevia Natural Orange is sweetened without sugar and is caffeine free. Zevia Natural Orange is flavored with orange oil for a refreshing citrus taste. It is richly colored with annatto seed of the achiote tree. Zevia Natural Orange is a favorite among kids who love the flavor, and parents, who can feel good about giving their kids a sugar free “treat”!

Review: I think this one would taste great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Orange dreamsicle, anyone? It was just as smooth as the cola and didn’t bubble in my tummy. If you’ve ever tried Fanta or Orangina, this flavor is very similar.

Flavor: Natural Twist

Description: “Essential oils of lemons and limes give Zevia Natural Twist (lemon-lime) just the right zest. Zevia Natural Twist (lemon-lime) is the most refreshing of Zevia varieties. Zevia Natural Twist (lemon-lime) is naturally sweetened without sugar, and caffeine free.

Review: This flavor was very pleasant and was very comparable to Sprite. The lemonlime was present throughout each sip and again, went down easy. For someone who doesn’t drink soda very often, it’s very important that the bubbles don’t upset my stomach.

Flavor: Natural Ginger Root Beer

Description: “Zevia Natural Ginger Root Beer has the traditional rich flavor you expect from a root beer, but is enhanced with the unmistakable bite of natural ginger root extrat. Zevia Natural Ginger Root Beer puts its own spin on the taste root beer lovers crave with a sweet aroma and a deep color from natural GMO free caramel color.

Review: I will definitely be making a root beer float with this one. I haven’t had one in so long! This was very similar to the average root beer, but the ginger flavor is what gave it an extra kick. It brought back memories of a time in 6th grade when my class actually made root beer at school – ginger, sarsaparilla, you name it. Oh to be young again πŸ˜‰ But seriously, it’s nice to be reminded! And again, that root beer float is calling my name!


Obviously, I’m now an official Zevia fan. Thanks again to Ian and Stacey for sending me so many cans!

If you want more information about stevia, I’ve tracked down some helpful sites below. Have fun, and happy drinking!

1 VeggieGirl August 16, 2008 at 9:05 pm

My dad read this review along with me, and he’s excited about the stevia-based soda, haha! :-)

2 Tom Humes August 16, 2008 at 9:13 pm

Nice Site layout for your blog. I am looking forward to reading more from you.

Tom Humes

3 caitlin (see bride run) August 16, 2008 at 9:16 pm

oooo i want to try that! can they send me some free samples as well??? πŸ˜€

4 Melissa August 16, 2008 at 9:40 pm

wow, i’m so excited it doesn’t upset your stomach! that’s the biggest problem i have with sodas!!!! I’m going to have to look for these!

5 Julz August 16, 2008 at 9:41 pm

How FABULOUS is that?! I’d love to do a product Review! So much fun :) I used to L.O.V.E. drinking soda but stopped bc it’s so horrible for yoU! I would ONLY drink diet, too, so even worse (according to many!)

I’ve done the yogurt reviews, but never the Zevia! How cool would THAT be?!

6 Julz August 16, 2008 at 9:43 pm

I’m still rather skeptical though, given that I also stopped drinking soda because I would get bad stomach cramps… This I acquated to the Artificial Sweeteners/Chemicals/HFCS because other than that I consume no HFCS/artificials hmm…

7 fitnessista August 16, 2008 at 9:54 pm

wow this is awesome! thank you for the wonderful reviews- i can’t wait to find some of this!!! i haven’t had soda in forever, but i definitely miss it!!!!!

8 hangrypants August 16, 2008 at 10:46 pm

Thanks for the review, Jenn. I’ve never seen this soda in R.I., but I’ll keep a look out though.


9 glidingcalm August 16, 2008 at 11:06 pm

WOWIE! I’m so envious of your soda stash!! I want to try Zevia!!! Like hangrypants, I’ve never seen it in stores…but I will be sure to be on the lookout! Thanks for the awesome review Jenn!

10 Caroline August 16, 2008 at 11:50 pm

You have no idea how much this post excites me! I am a regular stevia user–like you, I am still unsure about Splenda and try to avoid most other sweeteners. Unfortunately, I have a major weakness for diet soda still, so I am thrilled to hear that there is a better alternative. Thanks for the heads up!

11 Tom Aarons August 17, 2008 at 1:16 am

Free stuff! I’m so jealous! :)

12 Erin August 17, 2008 at 4:09 am

Loved this review Jenn!

13 jenngirl August 17, 2008 at 9:36 am

That review looked like fun! I don’t really care for soda at all anymore, but i do randomly have days where a diet coke sounds good, so it’s nice to know there is an option out there. great review! :)

14 Katie August 17, 2008 at 10:53 am

Thanks :)

I am so intrigued when I see bloggers who get free samples left and right! Haha how do you do it? I love free samples @ Whole Food & Costco – I am always looking for new things to try.

15 eatingbender August 17, 2008 at 11:37 am

VeggieGirl ~ I’m so glad that your dad enjoyed it!! :)

Tom Humes ~ Thanks for reading!

caitlin ~ Yes they can! See my follow-up post for details :)

Melissa ~ Yes! I was beyond thrilled to find that out.

Julz ~ Yes, that’s exactly why I stopped drinking soda. But Zevia seems to be a completely natural alternative – so I say why not?!

fitnessista ~ I’m so glad you liked it! :)

hangrypants ~ Of course! I hope it comes to R.I. soon!

glidingcalm ~ Thanks! I hope it comes to a town near you soon!

Caroline ~ Yay! I’m really glad that this was interesting for you :)

Tom Aarons ~ Haha :)

Erin ~ Thank you!

jenngirl ~ It was a lot of fun :) Thanks!

Katie ~ Haha! I guess it’s just a matter of making sure to mention products you are interested in and then hoping that companies who have those products will contact you! I find that having an eating bender email address has been very helpful!

16 Rose August 17, 2008 at 12:02 pm

Love this review, Jenn. Very good photos also – I liked seeing the different colors of the sodas.

17 Fit Bottomed Girls August 17, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Sounds good! I’m really digging the root beer. I LOVE ginger!

18 eatingbender August 17, 2008 at 5:22 pm

Rose ~ Thanks so much!

Fit Bottomed Girls ~ If you love ginger, you will love this root beer! It seriously has such an intense ginger kick to it!

19 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) August 18, 2008 at 1:15 am

Great review!

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