Thursday, November 20, 2008
Pop one open
Contributed by Bryan Douglass
I am addicted to soft drinks.
I was a member of that family when you were growing up… that family that kept a fridge in the garage specifically for the beer and soda to be held on retainer for those moments when a friend or family member simply couldn’t go without. I was raised on Coke versus Pepsi, then the switch to the new formula (not very good, but it made money), then we all endured that clear cola phase (what a nightmare), and I consumed it all.
I was raised on soft drinks. Some folks do coffee, some turn to alternative substances (trampling our great American legal system in the process), others drown their sorrows in hot dogs or ice cream or shopping or gambling.
I grab an ice-cold can of carbonated goodness, and thanks to Mom In the Know, I now grab an ice-cold can of Hansen’s Natural Soda.
If you serve as an obedient slave to an addiction like mine, the word “natural” rarely fits in your realm of perspective. There is nothing “natural” about soda, at least not the soda I grew up consuming. The only ingredient I remember reading on those cans that fits such definition might have been water (and to be honest, I have no idea if water was really listed there… I’m making an educated guess).
And I would be lying if I said that addiction and all of the ingredients that came with it has served me well as I grow older. A horrific dietary schedule, a laundry list of bad choices, and a complete and total lack of exercise (especially during those college years) have left me with weight to lose, endurance to rediscover, and a need to reevaluate my choices at the refrigerator.
Hansen’s beverages have become my compromise.
Unlike the sodas I’ve been raised to trust, Hansen’s is built on a reputation of wholesome ingredients rather than the preservatives and chemicals typically found in such beverages. Discovered in the 1930’s, Hubert Hansen and his three sons started their business by offering fresh, non-pasteurized juices. That same tradition is alive in the Hansen can you pick up today. In the 1970’s Tim Hansen turned the business towards sodas, and now they stand as the industry leader in natural alternative beverages, and soda is just the tip of the Hansen fountain.
The folks at Hansen were kind enough to send several samples of their canned sodas and I found them all to be nothing short of refreshing, tasty, and satisfying. I came to enjoy them so much that I turned to the shelves at my local grocer to discover a wide array of Hansen products, including fruit juice Smoothies, energy drinks, sparkling lemonades and orangeades (my favorite), multi-vitamin juice drinks, junior juice drinks, iced teas, various juice drinks and blends, and an endless line of beverages sure to fill any and all of the thirst cravings you may have.
These days I limit my consumption to just two or three sodas per week, but the Orangeades and energy drinks keep me happy and moving. We have turned our kids from the sodas and sugar-filled juice boxes to the Hansen’s youth juices (all made out of 100% juice) and smoothies. Even the wife, who has tends to avoid sweets, has discovered a fondness for the iced teas, making Hansen a family staple.
We suggest you try it for yourself. Hansen’s beverages have changed the way we live and we are sure they will do the same for you.