Still struggling to kick a daily soda habit. Request that your drink be made with fat-free or low-fat milk instead of whole milk Order the smallest size available. Unless you are a true water lover, you may be getting some extra, unneeded calories through sodas, ice teas, energy and coffee drinks.
Most boys get 15 teaspoons of refined sugar daily, and most girls about 10 teaspoons -- all from sweetened beverages. Author of the book, Child Obesity: Do you dismiss them, as the beverage industry does, as bad science and media hype.
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In the weight management classes she teaches, the promise of favorite CDs and other prizes help entice children to quit soft drinks. Check the Web site or in-store nutrition information of your favorite coffee or smoothie shop to find out how many calories are in different menu items.
Coffee drinkers may have a lower risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
Green tea is available in many varieties. Choose water, diet, or low-calorie beverages instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. Look for wine without additives, such as sulfites, which can cause headaches and other allergic reactions.
Findings from another study showed that people are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if they drank two sugar-sweetened beverages per day compared with participants who sipped less than one per month.
Experiment with different fruit combinations like mango-pineapple or strawberry-blueberry. When you do opt for a sugar-sweetened beverage, go for the small size.
It also contains much less natural sugar than fruit juices. Johnson says she does not believe the science linking sodas to obesity and other health issues has been misrepresented or over-reported. In addition to foods with added sugars, items that are full of simple carbohydrates also quickly break down into sugars that may negatively impact your health.
And — as if you didn't know it already — coffee's caffeine can help with mental alertness and physical performance, as long as you don't overdo it. While it does have nutritional benefits that soda lacks, it can also be high in sugar and calories.
And even when the stories got it right, she says the headlines often got it wrong by leaving the impression that her research proved the diet soda- stroke connection. Be a role model for your friends and family by choosing healthy, low-calorie beverages.
One sugary drink a day adds empty calories and 40 to 50 grams of blood-sugar-raising carbohydrates to your diet, and can lead to a weight gain of 15. “According to the USDA, 16% of calories in the typical American’s diet come from refined sugars and half of those calories come from beverages with added sugar,” Jacobson says.
One sugary drink a day adds empty calories and 40 to 50 grams of blood-sugar-raising carbohydrates to your diet, and can lead to a weight gain of 15. Sugary drinks are a major contributor to the obesity epidemic.
The term “soft drink” refers to any beverage with added sugar or other sweetener, and includes soda, fruit punch, lemonade and other “ades,” sweetened powdered drinks, and sports and energy drinks.
Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) or sugary drinks are leading sources of added sugars in the American diet. Frequently drinking sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with weight gain/obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney diseases, non-alcoholic liver disease, tooth decay and cavities.
Artificial sweeteners have more intense flavor than real sugar, so over time products like diet soda dull our senses to naturally sweet foods like fruit, says Brooke Alpert, RD, author of The Sugar Detox.
Even more troubling, these sugar stand-ins have been shown to have the same effect on your body as sugar.Sugary drinks or diet drinks what s