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Sep 7, 2012 09:45 AM


Hoping to find something that I haven't tried yet for a 16yo that isn't plain water happy. I tried flavoring with lemon(although not crazy about drinkn our carbs...lime too)...Anything come to mind?

Thanks guys,

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  1. look for Polar Seltzer - i buy it at Stop & Shop and Fairway. they have a ton of varieties, all just seltzer with flavor essence, no sugar or sweetener of any kind.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      But only in the cans... the plastic liters taste gross, weird mouth feel. Unfortunately, the cans are lined with BPA plastics, so we're buying mineral water in glass at Costco. Spendy, though. :-(

      I like a frozen lemon or lime slice floated in it.

      1. re: mcf

        whoa, the Polar CANS are lined with BPA? crap, i had no idea. sigh. well, they don't even sell it out here in CA anyway, but i guess i won't be drinking it when i'm back East visiting!

        out of curiosity, what's the price on the mineral water at Costco? i've never bothered to look because i don't have room for all those bottles.

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Sadly, ALL cans are. I learned that here when I posted about switching to Polar cans. ALL of them except for Eden stuff, which uses some sort of alternative liner. :-(

          At Costco, the largest bottles of Pellegrino (33.5 oz?) are $1.59, I think, and with a coupon occasionally more like a dollar.

          1. re: mcf

            Sadly, ALL cans are.
            according to several sources online, La Croix aren't. i think. who knows? gah! i'll be looking forward to Beachaholic's report after she calls them. in the meantime i'll stick with my plain old filtered water enhanced with a splash of juice when i need some flavor.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              I think there's confusion out there and a lot seems to be generated by the company or by other sources with sloppy information, which is all I found for the BPA claims, no citations, except for those claiming the company told them their cans are not BPA free. One brand of coconut water in cans is said to be BPA free, but from what I've read, carbonation always has it.

              I can't wait to hear the result of the phone inquiry.

              Here's an apparently actively updated listing of companies not using BPA in cans:

        2. re: mcf

          hey there mcf, i know your knowledgeable, dont wanna sound neurotic(but i am)have u checked to make sure there is no lead in the glass?

          1. re: BEACHAHOLIC

            LOL... I don't wanna know! I was happily and ignorantly drinking fabulousness called Goslings diet ginger beer when someone on CH told me about the BPA.

      2. I like to add a good glug of pink grapefruit juice to my seltzer water.

        Or how about a nice tall glass of iced tea?

        1. I know, it's tough. I only drink water when I am truly thirsty, and should drink far more (when you're thirsty, you should have drunk water some time ago!) I am weaning myself off a bad, bad Diet Coke habit.

          Perrier Lemon comes in glass bottles and has no artificial anything, but it's not sweet. It's refreshing, though. It also comes in Lime.

          An option in cans that I've seen at both Target and (believe it or not) Dollar Tree is La Croix Sparkling water. I've seen berry, pink grapefruit, orange, and other flavors.

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          1. re: pinehurst

            i had forgotten about La Croix, and their cans aren't lined with BPA. thanks so much for the reminder - i'll have to keep any eye out locally.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Truthfully, the discovery was a happy accident for me. I figured "four tall cans for a dollar" (this was in a dollar tree), who could pass up such a deal? And I liked it. I think I had the peach flavor. :-)

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                I read that all drink cans have the lining and this FB site seems to indicate that they are lined with BPA:

                You might want to check with the company to see if anythng has changed in the time since that post, but my understanding is that anything fizzy has a BPA coating as of a month or two ago, when I searched for something non BPA. The only place I found a claim of no BPA was on some fitness site with no citations.

                1. re: mcf

                  Goodhealthgourmet will have a better answer I'm sure but according to Facebook which I do not have, the company says their can linings are BPA free?

                  There is a link in one of the comments on the following page, mcf

                  1. re: pinehurst

                    I think it's questionable, since those preggos both said the company told them they DO use BPA. and another can't get a response. Am I missing something there? I'm referring to cans, not plastics. Here's a link to where they say their product in plastic is BPA free, I believe: Oddly, the picture a can, but the text refers to plastic, which could be BPA free, but I don't want to eat or drink from it.

                    1. re: mcf

                      I know what you mean. I'm a real internet Luddite, but here's another site attesting BPA freedom Dunno.

                      1. re: pinehurst

                        That's the site that shows a *can* as I said above, but claims that their *plastic* is what's BPA free.

                        The FB pages had women saying they spoke directly to the company and were told that they do not use BPA free cans.

                        I guess I don't think there's any way to be sure without clarifying it with the company directly.

                        Anyone can say anything on a web site.

                          1. re: mcf

                            This may help Ph# for LaCroix is 800 834 9980 or email
                            contact us:

                            I will be calling them on Monday, will let you guys know my findings

                2. re: pinehurst

                  Perrier also comes in grapefruit. I wish my Dollar tree sold La Croix. Love that stuff

                  1. re: suzigirl

                    I had no idea about grapefruit Perrier. Have you seen this in your larger local grocery store? So happy to know this.

                    1. re: pinehurst

                      It has a pink label and is really refreshing. I find it here in S. Fl. In Sweetbay grocery store. So good. Keep an eye out

                3. We use a SodaStream fizzy water carbonator, and have 4 bottles alternating in the fridge all the time. It makes water much more special, and it's always at hand.

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                  1. re: jmcarthur8

                    jmcarthur, I've seen the commercials. Is the syrup (or flavoring) part really chemical-y, or are there some natural options? I'm curious.

                    1. re: pinehurst

                      those r all options i havent tried yet......will def start a running list of new products to look out for and keep the list in my car(better chance of me remembering) Hubby wants to try the soda stream as he is a huge diet coke person...i understand thatversion of diet soda utilizes SPLENDA :(
                      I believe you can add a slice of frozen fruit to that seltzer as well....we have awful tap water here...and having a child with autism i am always changing filters...would love to have the under the sink filter that filters the entire house someday!

                      1. re: pinehurst

                        Pinehurst, I don't use their mixes, I just add little fruit juice or a squeeze of lemon or lime. They do have some all-natural mixes, now, I think. Mostly I just drink it neat.
                        My sons tried the root beer and the Dr. Pepper flavors and liked them.
                        We were going through bottles and bottles of seltzer water, now our recycle bin isn't as packed since we got the Sodastream, and we never run out of fizzy water.

                      2. re: jmcarthur8

                        I just didn't want to deal with making the amount we use every day, exchanging cartridges and having something else taking up space in my kitchen.

                        1. re: mcf

                          We have had our Sodastream for several years. We love it and we don't have to buy bottles or cans. We keep several bottles of water in the fridge at all times. We then just carbonate it. The cartridges for about 65 bottles and ate exchangeable at many locations including Bed Bath Beyond where you can you use your 20% coupon. I drink it straight over ice or sometimes mixed with a little lemonade and cranberry juice. My husband likes it with limes. I tried the flavorings and didn't care for them. I don't like diet drinks so I would rather drink it straight.

                          1. re: paprkutr

                            I know a lot of folks love them, but I don't want to give up the space in my kitchen and their bottles are so small, at least the glass ones are and I won't buy it just to use plastic anyway.

                      3. A really good water filter? I don't know, since we got our Berkey water filter we all drink more water than ever because it tastes so good. I even use it for cooking. Sure it's not flavoring, but it's removing the awful taste so much tap water has and the machine itself is stainless steel.