From Nostalgia to Digestive Health: 5 Reasons I Love OLIPOP
If you’d walked into my home office just a month or two ago, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had walked into a photoshoot for a Coca-Cola. There would be Diet Coke cans all over my desk — some empty, some half full, and some unopened. The trash can would also be full to the brim with crushed cans.
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I worked from home (and still do) and was also studying in the evenings. I was no stranger to pulling an all-nighter and those Diet Cokes were just the thing to get me through the night. Little did I know that the gas, stomach cramps, and headaches I was experiencing were all down to drinking too much of “the real thing.”
In the end, it was the doctor who gave me the lowdown on the effect those sweet diet sodas were having on my sensitive stomach and how they could also be responsible for the headaches and gas. Something had to give. I needed a healthy soda replacement and I needed it fast. Was there such a thing? Surely I wouldn’t have to resort to drinking plain old boring water, would I?
As if by magic (or most likely a clever social media algorithm), Instagram came to my rescue with a well-timed ad for OLIPOP Vintage Cola. Well, of course, the fact that it was cola grabbed my attention instantly but then more words followed like prebiotic sodas, healthy soda, and did I hear that right, fiber? Most importantly, OLIPOP claims to be good for the gut.
I needed to find out more about this low-sugar soda and whether it could deliver on all the promises it made. It could talk the talk, but could it walk the walk? So, off I popped to the OLIPOP website.
1. Fun & Nostalgic Flavors
Oh, to be 10 years old again, with a quarter in my hand and cold soda on my mind. As my dad went to pay for his gas, I would often stand frozen under the glow of the vending machine, deciding whether it would be Coke, Fanta, or Sprite’s turn to escape the clutches of the machine today. As you can probably guess, it was usually a can of Coke that got its lucky break. I’ll never forget those moments when soda was an occasional ice-cold treat to be enjoyed on the way home riding shotgun with my dad.
It’s a sentiment that the founders of OLIPOP must share, because they have tapped into all the nostalgic feels when it comes to their flavor range. There are currently 12 retrotastic flavors to choose from, including:
- Vintage Cola
- Orange Squeeze
- Strawberry Vanilla
- Classic Root Beer
- Cherry Vanilla
- Ginger Lemon
- Crisp Apple
- Cherry Cola
- Doctor Goodwin
- Cream Soda
- Tropical Punch
- Classic Grape
With so many flavors to choose from, it was hard making a decision. I felt like that 10-year-old kid again with a quarter to burn. Fortunately, OLIPOP came to the rescue with its brilliant Sampler pack — a selection of six classic OLIPOP flavors, including the Vintage Cola that had got me started on this journey.
And the verdict? The Vintage Cola is excellent. Vanilla and ginger botanicals team up to give that classic cola taste and a pleasant spicy finish. Another firm favorite of mine is the Orange Squeeze. Packed with clementine, mandarin, and a hint of lemon, this flavor produces a bold and bright twist on another nostalgic classic.
2. Supports Digestive Health
OLIPOP has really thought outside the can when developing its range. Founders Ben and David shared a vision of a healthier, tastier future for soft drinks, and the OLIPOP brand was born. These refreshing and healthier alternatives to traditional sodas are a delicious way to quench your thirst and be kind to your gut. That’s all down to the prebiotic fiber in every can. Plus, this healthy soda range is non-GMO, gluten-free, and kosher-certified.
So, what are the benefits of prebiotics? Well, these non-digestible fibers play a very important role in keeping you healthy. From supporting the growth of beneficial bacteria to decreasing levels of harmful bacteria in the gut, prebiotics are more than just a nice-to-have in your diet — they are essential. OLIPOP, with its added prebiotics, gives you a daily wellness boost in a can.
3. Functional Formula
With OLIPOP, you can have your healthy soda and drink it, too. This fizzy functional formula is backed by years of extensive research and a passion to make a low sugar soda that is actually good for you on so many levels. Inside every can are seven unique botanicals, prebiotics, and plant fibers, each carefully selected and hand-picked for their distinct biome-supporting benefits.
OLIPOP founders, Ben and David, set out to create “a thoughtfully crafted tonic that found its taste in wholesome, hardworking ingredients instead of spoonfuls of sugar.” With a team of experts in human gut microbiome research by their side, they have created a range of healthy soda alternatives that shake up and challenge everything we thought we knew about healthier sodas.
4. Subscription Perks
Once you’ve tried OLIPOP, you’re going to want to keep your fridge fully stocked. Signing up for the OLIPOP subscription plan ensures you never run out, and gives you 15% off and free shipping. As a first-timer, I wholeheartedly recommend ordering the Sampler pack. It’s a great way to enjoy the OLIPOP range and find your favorites.
OLIPOP subscribers also get exclusive early access to new flavor launches and a little something extra from time to time, like gifts, discounts, and offers. There’s no catch. Swap products, pause your subscription, and enjoy hassle-free cancellation.
5. Enjoy the Taste of Soda Without the Guilt
What I love the most about OLIPOP is that I can grab a can from the fridge and gulp it down without any guilt or self-loathing. Even when I was drinking Diet Coke, I’d be worrying about the caffeine, the aspartame, and the resulting acid reflux and gas that it was giving me.
With OLIPOP, I know that inside every can are natural sweeteners, prebiotics, and plant botanicals that are gentle on my gut and boost my overall health. I’m not sure I’ll ever see a Coca-Cola ad in the same light again.
Yes, There Are Still Cans on My Desk, But…
Two months later and my desk is still as chaotic as ever but the landscape has changed a little. Where once there were Diet Coke cans everywhere, you’ll find a cute mini-fridge stacked neatly with a selection of my favorite OLIPOP flavors. Now, if only OLIPOP could produce their own vending machine, I’d be so happy! And the gas, headaches, and stomach discomfort I was experiencing? All gone. In fact, I feel better than ever and can’t wait for my next shipment to arrive!