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This sparkling water may be worse for you than diet soda

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First the news drops that sipping seltzer destroys your teeth and now this? Sparking water is not having a good year. The Wall Street Journal reported today that despite Sparking Ice branding itself as a good-for-you soda alternative, it isn’t actually healthy at all.

The problem? Sucralose is one of the primary ingredients. Just like Splenda—which health experts like Frank Lipman, MD, says is worse for you than sugar—sucralose has been linked to increasing appetite by interfering with hormones in the brain that tell you you’re full. It also can kill the good bacteria in your gut.

What’s really unfortunate is that many people are turning to Sparkling Ice to quit diet soda, not knowing that their new substitute drink is unhealthy. The Wall Street Journal reports that as sales for Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi have dropped, sales for Sparkling Ice surged to $636 million last year. The takeaway here: It might be best to stick to the stuff coming from your tap or water filter.

So what can you drink instead when regular old water sounds too boring? Try one of these 12 recipes that use coconut water as a base, or do your gut a favor and sip on kombucha.