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Sneaky Sips: The Truth Behind The Illusion Of Healthy Drinks

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There are many refreshments out there that state they are healthy drinks for you, that they give you the nutrients you need and want, or that they can help you lose the excessive body weight you may have. These mixed together provide you with a way to boost your metabolism and so many other promises.

While this may seem like a great thing to do. Just drink the drink and you'll get the benefits, but in reality they're just claims that aren't true and could be doing more harm than good to your body. Here are some drinks that make false promises.

#1. Store Bought Smoothies

A new type of store-bought smoothies is becoming increasingly popular. These are those delicious fruit smoothies in bottles that you find in the cold sections of convenience stores, petrol stations, and restaurants.

But it is better to make the smoothies directly from your own home. Not only can you minimise the sugar that is put in them, but you know all the ingredients that you use.

So break out those smoothie recipes and get to work. Put them in the to-go cup if you want to enjoy them while you’re out and about.

Healthy Drinks That Are Not Actually Healthy

TIP: It is better to make the smoothies directly from your own home.

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#2. Soy Milk Or Almond Milk

Any type of milk that is fortified with the necessary vitamins and minerals is good for you, not just these choices. They all have a good amount of sugar and extras and make sure the growth hormones aren't added and you're good to go, even if you want to drink cow's milk but don't think it's good for you.

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#3. Diet Drinks

It has been shown that aspartame, the artificial sweetener used in diet sodas, is actually bad for you, and not something that you should think about when it comes to losing weight.

It can actually do more harm than good. Especially when the person has a lot of calories, and then a diet soda on the side. You might as well opt for the regular soda.

TIP: As good as pomegranates are for your health, the drink holds a lot of excess sugar that is not good for the body. 

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#4. POM Juice

This is actually one of the tastiest and trendiest drinks on the market today. As good as pomegranates are for your health, the drink holds a lot of excess sugar that is not good for the body. So instead of drinking it all the time for the ‘health benefits’, you should drink it as a tasty treat instead.

#5. V8 Drinks

These drinks say you can get your added daily amount of vegetables with just one can and so on. While this might be true, you’re also adding a lot of sodium to your diet when you opt for a drink instead of the real deal. You’re better off choosing to eat your daily serving of vegetables instead.

The Bottom Line

If a drink is marketed as 'healthy', there must be some important nutrients in it, right? Not necessarily. In fact, many of the most popular healthy drinks contain ingredients that can be harmful to your health. If you are going to drink them, make sure you do a little more research into the specific products and ingredients that a company puts in them.

Whatever you choose to drink, making your own drinks at home may be the best option for you. You'll know what's in the drink and what you're getting out of it. Make sure you get more out of it and see how delicious it ends up being.

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A drink can be considered unhealthy if it contains excessive amounts of added sugars, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, or other potentially harmful ingredients. Drinks high in calories, saturated fats, or sodium, and those lacking in essential nutrients, also fall into the unhealthy category.


Many fruit juices, smoothies, sports drinks, and flavoured waters marketed as "healthy" options can be deceptively high in added sugars, making them no better than soda. Some plant-based milks, energy drinks, and pre-bottled coffee beverages can also pack a surprising amount of calories and unhealthy additives.


Reading the nutrition labels carefully is crucial. Look out for ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, glucose, maltose, and other forms of added sugars. Even "natural" sweeteners like honey, agave, and maple syrup should be consumed in moderation due to their high sugar content.


Regularly consuming sugary drinks can lead to weight gain, increased risk of type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, heart disease, and tooth decay. These beverages provide little to no nutritional value and can displace healthier choices from your diet.


While diet drinks may be lower in calories, many contain artificial sweeteners like sucralose, aspartame, or saccharin, which have been linked to potential health concerns such as disrupting gut bacteria, increasing sugar cravings, and potentially contributing to weight gain or metabolic issues.


The healthiest choices are plain water, unsweetened herbal teas, black coffee (without added syrups or creamers), low-fat or plant-based milk alternatives, and freshly squeezed vegetable juices. These drinks hydrate without added sugars or artificial ingredients and can provide essential nutrients when consumed in moderation.

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About the Author Mary James

I am passionate about fitness, a healthy lifestyle, cooking, and well-being. This blog is about some of my thoughts that are occupying my mind and spirit daily over the last 10 years and my grand passion – weight loss and fitness, healthy lifestyle and healthy food, mindfulness and self-improvement.

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