When it comes to grabbing something quick that can quench your thirst in the most satisfying way possible, plain old water sometimes just doesn’t cut it. And if you consider yourself to be a relatively health-conscious individual, you’re likely not the type of person who regularly grabs a sugar-filled bottle of juice or an aspartame-ridden can of diet soda.
There certainly are a lot of choices out there, but you can’t always believe what advertisers say these days to get you drink their products. Phrases that suggest health benefits like “all natural” and “low-calorie” don’t exactly mean what you think it means, which is why it’s up to you to educate yourself about proper nutrition and read more of what’s included on product packaging labels.
Here are 5 unhealthy drinks you should avoid.
1. Sugary Coffee Drinks.
Frappuccino, Dunkaccino, mochaccino: They're all bursting with sugar and calories — up to 1,000 of them. The only waistline-friendly 'cino worth having is a cappuccino (just espresso and milk). So unless you're actively making a coffee beverage your dessert, avoid sugary syrups, whipped toppings, chocolate shavings, and caramel "drizzles." Plus, though they contain caffeine, you'll feel an extra crash and burn once the sugar high wears off.
2. Energy drinks.
When you have a difficult day, and feel exhausted, avoid the temptation to drink an energy drink loaded with caffeine and sugar. The problem is that they provide a small burst of energy, but with dangerous side effects, such as “caffeine poisoning,” which can cause difficulty sleeping, feeling nervous, and increased or irregular heartbeat.
3. Regular and diet soda.
Soda is one food that health experts and dieticians alike unanimously agree should be cut out of your diet completely if possible. A can of cola contains around 10 teaspoons of sugar, and when you consider that the recommended daily allowance of sugar is six teaspoons, it quickly becomes apparent why these drinks should be avoided. The diet versions aren’t any better; a study by researchers at Purdue University found that people who regularly have diet soft drinks are more likely to be obese than those who don’t, due to the mixture of artificial sweeteners these drinks contain causing increased levels of hunger.
4. Flavoured coconut water.
Plain coconut water is a wonderful electrolyte replenisher, but once companies throw in added sweeteners and tropical fruit-flavored syrups (think pineapple coconut water), you often end up drinking more sugar than is in an actual coconut.
5. Carbonated Drinks.
Carbonated beverages and soda with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup really spike your daily calorie intake. You wouldn't want to get into more deets. Just steer clear from this!
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