The Truth About 5 Popular '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 might seem like a great thing. Just drink the drink, and you’re able to get the benefits, but in fact, they are just statements that are untrue and might be doing more harm to your body than good. Here are some drinks that have 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.
TIP: It is better to make the smoothies directly from your own home.
#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 are not added, and you’re good to go, even if you want to drink cow's milk, but think it is not 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.
#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 being marketed as 'healthy', then there must be some important nutrients in it, right? Not necessarily. In fact, many of the most popular healthy drinks contain ingredients which can be detrimental to your health. If you are trying to drink these, be sure to do a bit more research into the specific products and ingredients that a company places in them.
Whatever you choose to drink, making drinks at home might be the best course of action for you to take. You will know what is in the drink and what you’re able to get from it. Make sure you’re getting more from it and seeing just how delicious it is in the end.
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Water is the best choice for quenching your thirst. Coffee and tea, without added sweeteners, are healthy choices, too. Some beverages should be limited or consumed in moderation, including fruit juice, milk, and those made with low-calorie sweeteners, like diet drinks.
Studies show that drinking plenty of water helps glucose flush out of the blood. The average person should aim for eight glasses per day. Drinking plenty of water while you are indulging your sweet tooth - and throughout the day after - will help your body get back to normal.
The 3 worst drinks are:
- Regular soda.
- Energy drinks that contain sugar.
- Fruit juices.
These are 7 drinks that keep blood sugar low:
- Unsweetened tea.
- Plant-based milk.
- Whole-fruit smoothies.
- Flavored carbonated water.
- Any low-sugar beverages.
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