We’ve long known that the cane sugar and corn syrup filled sodas and children’s drinks have an adverse effect on health, and we’re always searching for better alternatives to offer at Good Earth.

Sugar alcohols (or, polyalcohols), such as erythritol and xylitol, are two promising alternatives. They are naturally occurring in fruits and vegetables, and are present in the tissues of our own bodies. However, without organic certification, there is a high risk of erythritol being processed from GMO corn, and xylitol being created from an industrial process that converts plant fibers (xylan) into xylitol. That is why we are committed to manufacturers using only certified organic sweeteners, as well as organic products containing sweeteners in their natural state.

Coconut water, for example, contains a natural blend of fructose, glucose, and sucrose (fructose and glucose molecules bonded together), which has a low glycemic index, meaning it raises your blood sugar less and may actually help regulate blood sugar. Packed with antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, and minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, and zinc, coconut water has amazing health benefits.

And for kids looking for that summer fruit sweetness, companies like Honest Kids® offer certified organic juice packs sweetened only with fruit juice. This means that your kids can have all the benefits of fresh fruit, with none of the added cane sugar or syrups found in other brands. They taste so good, you might be tempted to try one yourself.