Healthy Drinks

Sugar sweetened beverages are one of the leading causes of obesity in the United States.

If a person drinks 1 can of soda a day, they can gain 15 pounds a year. Imagine that over 2-3 years!

The extra calories and sugar in sugar sweetened beverages cause unnecessary weight gain. Your body does not know what to do with the excess sugar it gets from the drinks and immediately turns it in to fat.

Sugar sweetened beverages can be soda, juice, sports drinks, energy drinks, ice tea, coffee drinks and many more

The way that our brain processes sugar in a way that can be easy to become addicted to it.

The American Heart Association recommends that the maximum amount of added sugar you should get a day is

  • Men: 37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons
  • Women: 25 grams or 6 teaspoons
  • We most likely exceed this in an average American diet, without even adding sugar sweetened beverages.

 

What about diet soda?

  • Diet soda contains artificial sweeteners instead of sugar
  • We still aren’t sure of the long term effects of artificial sweeteners
  • Diet soda is not effective in weight loss and does not prevent obesity
  • Your brain reacts to artificial sweeteners the same way it reacts to regular sugar; you will still be craving sugars!

 

What about fruit juice?

  • Fruit juice often has a lot of added sugar to it
  • Drinking fruit juice is not the same as eating a piece of fruit
  • The best options are to make your own fruit If your child really demands fruit juice, try mixing it with water so they aren’t getting as much sugar and they won’t become accustomed to drinking sugary drinks.

 

What is the best drink to drink?

Water!
It has zero sugar and zero calories

  • 70% of our bodies are made out of water and we need to keep our bodies hydrated to keep them functioning normally.
  • We need about 8 cups of water a day. If you are being physically active or outside in the summer, you need even more than that. 
  • Try adding fruits and vegetables to your water to make it more fun and flavorful
    • Berries, lemon, lime, cucumber, mint, etc.
  • Some other good options besides water are; low fat milk, unsweetened ice tea and 100% fruit juice