Amazingly, this can be true for drinks other than alcohol, what the? We all know that hydrating our body is very important, but do you know that most of the drinks and juices available are not really that good for your health. In response to our recent article about foods that are advertised as bad but are good for you, we thought we would do an article similar, but for drinks, and the opposite! A great variety of drinks like juices, soft drinks, smoothies and coffees are simply loaded with sugar and artificial or processed ingredients. All this stuff seems irresistible and tasteful, but it is really that tasteful when it comes to your health?
If you thought you just needed to read the labels on foods, think again, you need to read the labels of drinks aswell! You better not be deceived by colorful appearances and those sky high ‘sugar free’ claims by the advertisers. Most of the drinks only satisfy your visual sense. They do not fulfill your nutrition requirements. Of course, there are healthy options, but you need to figure which are actually healthy and which are not. It does take some attention and effort on your part. Some of the common drinks are listed below along with a few details of what they carry.
Water can hurt.
Who can believe this, but you better! The seemingly better tasting ‘Vitamin Water’ or ‘flavored waters’ are added vitamins and minerals, add more sugar and calories to your system than nutrition. The labels claiming to provide you with essential vitamins and minerals do not tell you that this sweet nectar usually contain more than 30 grams of sugar per bottle and tons of calories derived from this sugar. Who knew that while hydrating your body, you are packing on empty calories?
This makes plain fresh water a better choice and you better get the essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from food. Instead of getting your daily dose of vitamins for these flavored, vitamin waters, take a multivitamin tablet or even better yet, eat real food and you should get all the nutrients and vitamins you need.
Instead, flavor your own water!
Energy drinks energize your mind more than your body.
Having an energy drink boosts your energy but not for long, they give you a high high and a low low. The caffeine in these drinks is revitalizing but only in small amounts. That is why, consumption of more than two of these drinks is not recommended at a time. People at a risk of nervous disorders are also out-listed as they directly affect your brain. In fact, a glass of milk or pure juice has just as much energy as a can of energy drink. Not to mention the amount of sugar in these drinks; which again is the major source of calories.
Fruit juices are not as healthy as are the fruits.
Fruits and vegetables make a healthy choice when it comes to food, and so do juices extracted from them. But, the shocking fact is that fruit juices are not a healthy option.
When you look at the label, you will find that it contains fruit concentrate in varying amount (usually 20-40 %) and added sugar to enhance the taste. Some juices also contain added vitamins which are not as good as the natural vitamins in the fruits. Most of the fiber, minerals and vitamins are lost during the processing and reconstitution. The calories that the labels boast of come from the added sugar or artificial sweeteners present in the juice.
The preservatives in the juices can also be a possible health hazard, especially for diabetics, even if the juice does not have added sugar. Stick to juices with 100% fruit juice or maximum fruit content, as they provide you with the natural fiber, vitamins and other useful nutrients.
A coffee cup usually contains more than you bargained for.
Unless it is plain black coffee, what you are taking in at your favorite coffee outlet is a pack of empty calories with least amount of useful nutrition. No doubt, coffee provides you with the vigor and energy to start your day perfectly aswell as antioxidants and caffeine help to improve our performance but also, it comes with some hidden surprises.
The problem arises when you add milk, cream and flavors to your coffee. The most popular flavors like chocolate, caramel, cream and mochas, all carry loads of sugar and super saturated fats and usually more than enough calories. No matter how seductive the aroma is or how rich the cream on the top looks, the add-ins are just empty calories and a good reason to raise your cholesterol level.
Is it really worth it when it could be potentially sipping away at over 800 calories by the time the flavors, sugar and whipped cream is added? Just remember a really good saying, if it tastes sweet, its made of sugar, and in the example we have given above, the 800 calories contains 170 grams of sugar, your more likely to get a sugar buzz not a caffeine hit.
Don’t forget the smoothies.
Anything that has fruit in it must be healthy, right! Well, not always. Most fruit smoothies have added sweeteners or sugar in them, along with artificial food colors. These loads of sweetness just mask the natural goodness of whole fruits. A typical smoothie carries almost half of your total required calories. On top of that, a dash of cream, don’t tell me!
Diet soda is not much help either.
Diet carbonated drinks proudly boast to have zero calories, but what they never tell you is that they are devoid of any nutrition as well. As claimed they cause no harm to your metabolism, but they are of no good at the same time.
On the contrary, they occupy the space of the healthy food or drink, which you might have eaten otherwise. Indulging in these so called light or zero fizzy drinks keeps you from taking in the healthy drinks, like water or milk, for example.
Soft drinks are worst of all.
There is a never ending list of the health damages caused by soft drinks. They are proved to be a leading cause of obesity worldwide. All soft drinks contain is tons of sugar and useless calories. They do not satisfy your hunger, they just satisfy your taste buds. The only sane thing about them is to consider them a treat to soothe your craving like a sweet or a chocolate.
Sports drinks simply reverse your workout effects. If you think gulping down a sports drink after your hour long workout replenishes your energy, you better think again. Most of them have processed additives along with added sugars or artificial sweeteners as the main source of calories they provide you.
Plus, if you are really working out for over an hour, isn’t it better to replenish your body with real calories? I think people that guzzle down these convenient sports drinks need to re-think how convenient they are making their lives, it really isn’t good of your health and won’t be convenient when you have diabetic problems in the future.