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Make Your Own Soda Pop
Fresh puts the pop in soda.

Better: You choose the ingredients; you get exactly what you want and none of the stuff you don't want.
Cheaper: Save more than 50% compared to the price of bottled soda in the supermarket. Save the planet: no more cans and bottles - and driving them halfway across the country.
Slower: Watching it happen -- in seconds -- is a great new source of free home entertainment. Kids and friends will marvel at it. You'll concoct and slowly sip tasty beverages perfectly matched to your favorite foods.

It's so easy. You mix or blend the flavors - then you stir them into some soda water that you just made.

What do you need? Water -- tap water, not bottled. Filtered tap water is best. And a soda-maker (technically, a soda siphon): it's a small canister into which you plug a carbon dioxide cartridge. Press the button and carbonate the water to get absolutely fresh, bubbly soda water.

Of course, you can just add a slice or two of fruit and be done with it. Or you can make wildly fresh Ginger Ale, Candy Apple Soda, Sparkling Strawberry-Rhubarb or a thousand other things. I have a blast making these, so you'll get many recipes and brews when you subscribe. A new way every day for a year - for $10.

A sweet, free sample: Strawberry-Rhubarb Soda Pop. With a Glycemic Load that's just one-fifth the GL of a Coke. Sweetened with a very little bit of Agave Nectar.

Is Sugar Toxic?
My soda siphon makes the freshest sparkling water in town with incredibly small, almost invisible, bubbles. $44 for this 1-quart job; less than 40 cents to carbonate a quart of almost-free filtered tap water.

100 Soda Chargers for $38.50; 38.5 cents to transform a quart of filtered tap water into the best sparkling water you can get.

Filter Your Tap Water
The small quick-fix
48-ounce Pitcher-type Water Filter for $30.99

6 Filters for the Pitcher for $24.69. Each filter purifies 40 gallons of tap water for less than 2 cents per quart (and eliminates 160 quart-size plastic bottles). What do you pay for a 32-ounce bottle of water? More than two cents, I'll bet.

The big, long-term, cost-effective fix
3,000-gallon Undersink Filtration System for $32; the replacement filter for $12. Less than a tenth of a cent per quart; change the filter every 48,000 8-ounce glasses. But you'll probably need a plumber to install it.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Soda

Make Your Own Soda.

The CDC notes, “Since the mid-seventies, the prevalence of overweight and obesity has increased sharply for both adults and children."

What's changed? The American Journal of Preventive Medicine tells us, “For all age groups, sweetened beverage consumption increased and milk consumption decreased. Overall, energy intake from sweetened beverages increased 135%...

The majority of the daily calorie increase came from food products - largely colas and other sodas and drinks - based on high-fructose corn syrup.