Tired of Plain Water? Try These 7 Low-Sugar Drinks Under 50 Calories

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Choose low-sugar drinks sweetened with real fruit and limit those that contain sweeteners.

You already know how important it is to stay hydrated and drink enough water throughout the day. But sometimes, plain H2O isn't enough to motivate you to keep reaching for your water bottle.


Sure, water is refreshing and the purest form of hydration, but let's be honest, it can get a little boring.

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So how can you get the refreshing flavor you crave without accidentally loading up on too much inflammation-causing sugar? With soda, sugary fruit juices and sweetened teas out of the question, it can be a little challenging to choose a hydrating drink that won't blow your daily limit for added sugar intake.

Isn't it ‌sweet‌ then that are plenty of low-sugar drinks out there to help you get your fix without going overboard.

How We Chose

We spoke with registered dietitians for their top picks under 50 calories per serving. We also evaluated these selections based on:


  • Ingredients (including sweeteners and additives)
  • Taste
  • Cost

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7 Low-Sugar Drinks Under 50 Calories to Try

1. Minna Tropical Green Sparkling Tea

Minna Organic Sparkling Iced Tea (12-Pack)

Minna's sparkling teas come in a number of flavors, including Tropical Green Tea, which is infused with natural pineapple and passion fruit flavors.

Per 1-can serving of Green Sparkling Tea: 0 calories, 0 grams fat, 0 milligrams sodium, 0 grams carbohydrates (0 grams fiber, 0 grams sugar, 0 grams added sugar), 0 grams protein


If you grew up drinking sweetened iced tea and are doing your best to kick your sugar habit, Minna's sparkling teas are your answer. Each can also packs 45 milligrams of caffeine — about the amount in a half cup of coffee — so it's a great afternoon pick-me-up if you need a boost.

2. Sanzo

Sanzo Flavored Sparkling Water (12-Pack)

Sanzo's line of drinks are made with just two simple ingredients: water and fruit puree.

Per serving of Calamansi: 0 calories, 0 grams fat, 0 milligrams sodium, 1 gram carbohydrates (0 grams fiber, 0 grams sugar, 0 grams added sugar), 0 grams protein



Founded by Sandro Roco, a Filipino-American born in Queens, New York, Sanzo sparkling waters bring the flavors of Asian fruits to your fizzy drinks. Choose from Calamansi, a tart Philippine fruit that's similar to lime, as well as Lychee, Mango, Yuzu and Pomelo — or try a sampler pack. All of Sanzo's sparkling waters include real fruit puree for a touch of sweetness.

3. Spindrift

Spindrift Sparkling Water (24-Pack)

Certain Spindrift flavors boast vibrant colors due to the inclusion of real fruit.

Per 1-can serving of Raspberry Lime: 9 calories, 0 grams fat, 2 grams carbohydrates (1 gram sugar,‌ ‌0 grams added sugar‌‌), 0 grams protein


Alana Kessler, RDN and founder of Be Well, likes Spindrift because the brand includes real fruit purees in its carbonated drinks. Plus, Spindrift comes in 15 flavors, so there's something to satisfy just about every taste preference, including light and crisp options like Cucumber and sweet and fruity like Raspberry Lime.

4. Drink Simple Sparkling Maple Water

Drink Simple Sparkling Maple Water (12-Pack)

Maple water has a natural sweetness and is rich in nutrients.

Per serving of Blackberry Lemon: 40 calories, 0 grams fat, 0 milligrams sodium, 10 grams carbohydrates (0 grams fiber, 8 grams sugar,‌ ‌0 grams added sugar‌‌), 0 grams protein


"Although it contains a touch more sugar than what I generally recommend, it contains natural antioxidants and prebiotics. It is also super hydrating and satisfies a sweet tooth," says Lauren Manaker, RDN, CLEC, a registered dietitian nutritionist based in Charleston, South Carolina.

If you've never heard of maple water, it actually comes from the sap of maple trees (yup, just like the syrup). Maple water looks and feels just like plain H2O, but maple water is usually harvested during the spring because that's when maple trees usually pull water from the ground and filter it through their roots, according to Drink Simple. The brand's sparkling flavors are made with real fruit purees.



5. VitaminWater Zero

Vitamin Water Zero Açai-Blueberry-Pomegranate (12-Pack)

VitaminWater Zero is sweetened with erythritol, which may cause digestive upset if you're not used to it.

Per serving: 0 calories, 0 grams fat, 0 milligrams sodium, 3 grams carbohydrates (0 grams sugar, 0 grams added sugar), 0 grams protein

If you're looking for a sports drink packed with electrolytes and zero sugar, Kessler likes VitaminWater's Zero Sugar line. Sweetened with stevia and erythritol, you'll still get that satisfying sweet taste. VitaminWater's Zero Sugar waters provide excellent levels of C and B vitamins and potassium, as well as calcium and magnesium.

6. Olipop

Olipop Vintage Cola (12-Pack)

The taste of Olipop's low-sugar vintage cola matches a true cola.

Per serving: 35 calories, 0 grams fat, 25 milligrams sodium, 16 grams carbohydrates (9 grams fiber, 2 grams sugar, 2 grams added sugars), 0 grams protein

Try Olipop's vintage cola, which is a new and improved version of the soda you grew up with. It's not only low in calories and sugar, but it provides a dose of fiber and even some caffeine, thanks to the green tea.

Olipop is sweetened with stevia and cassava root syrup and has hints of vanilla, caramel and cinnamon flavors. You'll also appreciate that it's free of artificial preservatives, sweeteners, colors and flavors.

7. Health-Ade Booch Pop

Health-Ade Booch Pop (12-Packing)

As one of Kessler's top picks, Booch Pop is made with organic, wholesome ingredients and is low in calories.

Per 1-can serving of Pomegranate Berry: 35 calories, 0 grams fat, 0 milligrams sodium, 9 grams carbohydrates (3 grams fiber, 6 grams sugar, 5 grams added sugar), 0 grams protein

The perfect combo of kombucha and cold-pressed juice, Health-Ade's Booch Pop satisfies the sweet fizz that former soda-lovers crave. While this drink is a little higher in sugar than what's usually recommended, its sugar is mostly used in fermentation.


It has gut-supporting prebiotics as well as calcium and magnesium. Pop open a can and enjoy it on its own, or use it as a delicious mixer for cocktails.

What to Look for in a Low-Sugar Drink

If you want to shop for healthier, low-sugar drink options, here are some key things to look for.

Sourced From Whole Foods

Choose drinks made from whole foods with natural sugars, like fruit and vegetables, Kessler says.

Many fruit-infused seltzers and mineral waters will extract the natural essence oils from fruit. These natural flavors are derived from real plants, spices and foods, but they don't contribute to your daily overall fiber, vitamin and mineral needs.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes natural flavors as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe), so there isn't any evidence to believe they come with any health risks.

Fewer Than 5 Grams of Sugar

While there aren't FDA nutrition guidelines for what constitutes a low-sugar drink, Manaker considers any drink with under 5 grams of sugar per serving to be low-sugar.


Remember, the American Heart Association recommends sticking to fewer than 6 to 9 teaspoons (or 25 to 36 grams) of added sugar per day. The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines also advise getting less than 10 percent of your daily calories from added sugars. "A low-sugar drink would also have under 15 grams of carbs," Kessler adds.

What to Watch Out For


Look for drinks without or with minimal sweeteners such as high-fructose corn syrup, Kessler says. "These additives trigger insulin release and over time, when insulin gets released too often, it can lead to lifestyle-acquired diseases like type 2 diabetes and obesity," she says.


Kessler also recommends avoiding sodium benzoate. Sodium benzoate is a salt preservative that's added to many drinks for its antimicrobial properties.

The FDA recognizes sodium benzoate as GRAS, with the safe level being 0.1 percent in food. The concern with sodium benzoate is when it's combined with ascorbic acid, or vitamin C. Together, they form a chemical called benzene, which is a carcinogen that can cause cancer, according to the FDA.

Manaker also says some people may choose to avoid drinks with artificial colors and artificial sweeteners, like acesulfame potassium (Ace-K) and aspartame, due to health concerns, allergies or taste preference. "I like to see if there are other nutritional benefits offered by the drink. For example, a beverage may contain antioxidants or fiber," she says.




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