Water is the most vital thing that we put into our bodies. Studies say that your body could survive 3 weeks maximum without food, whereas our bodies can only survive 3 DAYS without water. If this doesn’t prove to you how much you need water, then we don’t know what will. Now imagine if you put 9 teaspoons of sugar in each cup of water that you drink, welcome to the American diet.
Some people love water. They carry a water bottle around and make sure they hit their body’s daily requirement of liquids. Other than this group, there is a large population that is not drinking enough water, or water AT ALL during their days. These people assume that they are consuming enough liquids throughout the day that they don’t need water. Or they don’t like water because it’s “boring” or “doesn’t taste good” so they don’t want to drink it. The reason that these water haters exist are because of the other beverages that are available to them in America.
In a supermarket there are rows and rows of beverages available to you other than water. This includes the soda pop aisle, the juice aisle, the coffee aisle, and the refrigerated juices/milks/iced beverages. One thing that all of these aisles have in common is that their beverages are packed with sugar.
Parents assume that if its juice, it’s healthy for their children, which is not actually the case. In supermarkets especially, the juices that are offered. In Welch’s “100% Grape juice” There are over 9 teaspoons of sugar PER SERVING which is an 8oz glass. It is important to check nutrition labels, especially when it comes to items that you are giving to your children. If children are given such high amounts of sugar when they are young, they are more likely to suffer from obesity or diabetes as they go on in their lives. This includes all food and drinks that are packed with sugar that are marketed straight to children. Lasater G, Piernas C, Popkin BM did a study on beverage patterns and trends among school-aged children in the US from 1989-2008 and found that one soda a day increases a child’s chance of obesity by 60%.
The sugar doesn’t stop at children’s drinks, it find itself into plenty of beverages that are meant for teenagers and adults. One main group of culprits are the iced espresso drinks that are sold at coffee shops and marketed towards young adults. Coffee itself has zero sugar and has actually proved itself to be healthy when drank without being over loaded with added sugar and creamers. Blended Frappuccino’s and gourmet iced coffees are among some of the highest sugar loaded beverages out there. There are other options at the coffee shop that you can drink instead of grabbing the largest size of the most sugar filled drink. To avoid being trapped into these sugar loaded drinks, focus on the ingredients you DO know when ordering coffee. Avoid flavored syrups that are packed with 22grams of sugar in nearly every OUNCE.
Be careful when buying flavored waters or waters with extra electrolytes, as these products often come with sugar added as well to add flavoring. Not all flavored waters are good for you just because they are water. Try a natural flavor enhancer like lemon or grapefruit essential oils in order to make your water more tasty and not pack on a bunch of sugar.
Along with these three sugar filled drinks, check out the other top five worst drinks that you can get in America.
As you can see, the amount of sugar in these drinks is alarming, especially for the consumer that is trying to lose weight and doesn’t get why it isn’t working. It’s important to make sure that you aren’t trying to get your daily liquids by using sugar filled alternative like store bought juices and coffee drinks. There isn’t anything that can take the place of good old fashion water. If you must drink a sugar filled drink, try to limit it to one eight ounce drink per day.
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