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Cascade Ice Offering Sugar-Free But Still Sweet Alternative To Soda
8/27/2014 2:47:09 PM

By Damion Smalls

Those looking to wean themselves from the nationwide addiction to sugary soft drinks now have the option to take their taste buds in a new direction with Cascade Ice Sparkling Water.

Also boasting itself as a sodium, gluten, calorie, carb, and caffeine-free drink, this drink does not sacrifice flavor in the least. Its lineup consists of over 20 varieties, including Raspberry Lemonade, Huckleberry Blackberry, Blueberry Watermelon, Peach Mango, and McIntosh Apple.

The five flavors previously mentioned all share a welcomed lightness in comparison to its more carbonated and sugar-laden brethren. McIntosh Apple proved to be the best of the bunch as it provides an unusually complex taste and smell for a soft drink. The apple essence is abundant in every sip.

Peach Mango manages to equally endorse the fruit flavors that birthed the combination impressively. Blueberry Watermelon is more watermelon than its partner-in-taste so fans of that plant will be satisfied.

Huckleberry Blackberry is the boldest of the flavors sampled, which packs a unique punch for a non-sugared drink. And while it is almost impossible to mess up a lemonade-based beverage, Raspberry Lemonade nevertheless succeeds with its fizziness and summertime appeal.

Sucralose is the ingredient which makes these waters sweet. Popularly recognized as the taste behind Splenda, Sucralose has been one of the more preferred artificial sweeteners available. Each 17.2 ounce bottle (two servings) of Cascade Ice contains 1% fruit juice.

The proliferation of sodas and fruit juices has been blamed for the increase of obesity, diabetes, and dental complications around the world in the past half-century. While the benefits of sucralose are still being debated and tested daily, there is no doubt that sugar-filled liquids have done more harm than good in its time.

Accentuating the positives, these sparkling waters do not reek of that dreaded diet drink aftertaste and are nearly as inexpensive as sodas or fruit juice. We all know that prices ultimately determine purchases for the average consumer, so this drink deserves at least one chance at your discretion to truly see if this is the right refreshment for you. I recommend it.

Cascade Ice beverages are available throughout the United States and specifically at the Harris Teeters and Food Lions in Charleston. Visit for more information on this product.

Visitor Comments

Submitted By: Lawrence Submitted: 3/4/2017
They falsely advertise the product as "naturally sweetened," hide sucralose in a hard to see light gray color on the ingredients list. Was fooled into buying the product because I thought it was free of artificial sweeteners. Put the bottle under an overhead light, then needed an additional flashlight to read theingredients. Feel like pouring them. down the drain. Deceptiveness, do not doubt intentional.

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