January 4, 2016

Today the effects of too much sugar are more commonly known. Increased amounts of sugar consumption have been linked to obesity, high blood pressure, cavities and diabetes. Many consumers look to artificially sweetened beverages in an attempt to make a healthier choice. However, choosing beverages containing artificial sweeteners may do you more harm than good

In a study published earlier this year in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), researchers evaluated the effects of sugary beverages, artificially sweetened beverages and fruit juices on the incident rates of type 2 diabetes. The study confirmed that a higher consumption of sugary beverages, measured by just one more than the recommended serving per day, was associated with a 13% greater incidence of type 2 diabetes. This amount was adjusted in order eliminate incidence rates of diabetes due to obesity.

What may be surprising to those who have turned away from sugary sodas to avoid the risk of diabetes, the study also reported that a higher consumption of beverages containing artificial sweeteners was associated with a 25% greater incidence of type 2 diabetes (see our earlier post on why artificial sweeteners may affect glucose intolerance). After adjusting for obesity, artificially sweetened beverages were associated with an 8% greater incidence of type 2 diabetes. It may also be important to note, as previously mentioned in our post Diet Soda and Belly Fat, artificial sweeteners may also be linked to more fat around the abdomen.

So if sugary sodas are no good, and artificially sweeteners can be harmful, you may be thinking, what about juice? Researchers in the study also found that increased consumption of fruit juices also increased the likelihood of developed type 2 diabetes.

There is another option. When looking for a healthier choice, try Syfo Naturally Flavored Sparkling Waters. Our sparkling waters are delicious and refreshing, made with purified water without additives, sugar, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, or sodium. Visit our health and recipe sections for more information and recipes.

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December 1, 2015

Celebrate Hanukkah 2015 with Syfo Beverages this holiday season. In addition to being one of the healthiest beverages on the market, the Syfo is certified Kosher by the largest and most widely respected Kashruth agency — the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America. Syfo is sold at all Publix Super Markets throughout the Southeast, Winn-Dixie in Florida and many independent grocers throughout the region.

Try these delicious and festive drink recipes to enjoy during Hanukkah this year.

Manischewitz Spritzer

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This is an adaptation of a recipe that we found on the Manischewitz website:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1½ cup of mixed frozen berries
  • Syfo Kosher Wild Cherry Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Water
  • Manischewitz Blackberry Wine

PREPARATION:

In a large pitcher, mix 1 part of Syfo Sparkling Water and 1 part Manischewitz Blackberry Wine. Mix in frozen fruit and add in ice if needed. Enjoy!

 

Adult Hanukkah Beverage

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This recipe is a variation of the many blue-themed drink recipes that are common for Hanukkah:

INGREDIENTS:

  • Blue Curacao Liqueur
  • Syfo Kosher Lemon-Lime Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Water
  • Ice
  • Citrus Flavored Vodka

PREPARATION:

Mix 2 parts of Syfo Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Water, 1 part Blue Curacao and 1 part citrus vodka, with ice. Stir gently in a glass and drink up!

 

Non Alcoholic Hanukkah Blue Beverage

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Here’s a blue recipe for the kids!

INGREDIENTS:

  • Blue Raspberry Kool-Aid
  • Syfo Kosher Lemon-Lime Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Water
  • Ice
  • White Grape Juice

PREPARATION:

Combine 1 part Kool-Aid, 1 part white grape juice and 1 part Syfo Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Water. Pour over ice and of course serve with a blue bendy straw.

 

Honey Hanukkah Punch

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A tasty but not too sweet punch, adapted from a recipe on Liquors.com

INGREDIENTS:

  • Dark Rum or Light Rum
  • Fresh Lime Juice
  • Honey Syrup (two parts honey, 1 part water)
  • Syfo Kosher Lemon-Lime Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Water

PREPARATION:

Combine 2 part rum, 2 parts Syfo Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Water, 1 part lime juice and desired amount of honey syrup. Mix gently and pour over ice in a glass. Sprinkle a bit of ground nutmeg for garnish, if desired

 

Rosemary Gin Cocktail

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From ahealthylifeforme.com, here’s a refreshing gin cocktail that’s perfect for Hanukkah and includes a homemade rosemary syrup.

INGREDIENTS:

For the rosemary syrup:

  • 1/4 cup ground Rosemary1/2 cup water1/2 cup of sugar

For the cocktail:

  • 1 and 1/2 oz of Gin (we used Saphire)
  • 3/4 oz Rosemary syrup
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 of a lemon, squeezed)
  • Syfo Original Seltzer
  • Sprig of Rosemary for garnish

PREPARATION:

Bring the water to a boil, add the sugar and rosemary and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and steep the mixture off heat for 45 minutes.Strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl.Fill glass with ice. Add gin, lemon and Rosemary simple syrup and stir.Top with a splash of Syfo Original Seltzer, stir briefly and garnish with a rosemary sprig.We hope you enjoy these recipes and everyone at Syfo would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Hanukkah.

 

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November 14, 2015

The 2015 NPC South Florida Bodybuilding, Physique, Fitness, Figure & Bikini Championships will be held on Saturday, November 28TH, 2015 at the Miami Dade County Auditorium in Miami, FL. The event will feature over 29 great contests and is being staged by NPC South Florida, which is active in promoting fitness competitions throughout the region.

Mari Rendondo and her husband Sergio Pacheco run NPC South Florida and are dedicated to bringing the best shows and extreme athletes to South Florida fitness competitions. Mari is the official organizer and promoter for this event and she also is a big fan of Syfo.

“I love your product because it’s pure, doesn’t contain preservatives and it’s so tasteful. We recommend it to all our competitors,” says Mari. Mari encourages anyone looking to stay healthy and fit to try any of our delicious Naturally Flavored Sparkling Waters. Syfo is proud to be a sponsor for this event.

For more information about the NPC South Florida Fitness Competition, visit www.npcsouthflorida.com.

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October 29, 2015

Syfo Beverages was proud to be a sponsor of Paws & Reflect, a gala, fundraising event held in Miami on Saturday, October 17 to celebrate the 20-Year Anniversary of The Cat Network, Inc. The Cat Network is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to humanely reducing feral cat overpopulation through education and low-cost sterilization and vaccination services.

Featured speaker for the gala event was Jackson Galaxy, also known as Cat Daddy and star of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell.” The event’s silent auction featured art, travel, unique cat collectibles and more to raise funds for The Cat Network’s worthy cause. Vegetarian hors d’oeuvres and cuisine were served and folks lined up at the Syfo Beverages table for our healthy, sugar-free, no-calorie seltzer and naturally-flavored sparkling waters. Our new Peach-Pear flavor was a particular hit!

All of us at Syfo were happy to support The Cat Network volunteers and appreciate the exceptional job they do to considerably reduce stray/feral cat overpopulation in Miami. In addition to educating the public about the need to sterilize cats and strays, the organization provides access to low-cost spay/neuter services for stray, homeless and abandoned cats, helps members place adoptable cats in loving homes and is an advocate for non-lethal population control and humane public policy.

For more information on The Cat Network and its initiatives or to donate, visit thecatnetwork.org.

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September 16, 2015

As more and more people turn away from soda and other soft drinks, the sparkling water beverage category continues to see robust growth as soda sales decline.

Volume-growthVolume of the domestic sparkling water segment increased by 17.9% to 338.8 million gallons in 2014, in comparison to volume growth of 7% and 11.5% in the non-sparkling and imported bottled water categories. According to market research conducted by Euromonitor International, the sale volume of sparkling water in the U.S. increased by 56.4% from 2009 to 2014.

What’s driving this rising demand is that health-conscious people who enjoy carbonated beverages view sparkling water as a better choice, as sparkling water beverages have no sweeteners or artificial ingredients. Sodas are packed full of sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other potentially harmful additives and have been linked to negative health effects such as hypertension, Type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Syfo Naturally Flavored Sparkling Waters are made from 100% purified water and are free of sugar, artificial sweeteners, sodium, preservatives or any other additives. Our carbonated beverages are calorie-free and naturally-flavored with extracts from the peel of real fruit. Try our Wild Cherry, Tangerine-Orange or Lemon-Lime Sparkling Water for yourself and our newest flavor, Peach-Pear.

Learn more about Syfo Beverages and check out one of our delicious beverage recipes.

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