The liquid lowdown
5/17/2016 11:17 AM
When you’re on the go, a little liquid energy hits the spot. Energy drinks, teas, coffees, sodas and milk shakes can each have their appeal, but which help and which hurt?
Avoid or drink rarely
Energy drinks are never a good option. They are often packed with high amounts of caffeine in a small dosage that can lead to jitteriness, heart palpitation, or even long-term heart complications.
Milkshakes can have an entire day’s worth of calories and saturated fat in one serving. If you are craving a milkshake, make one at home with low-fat milk, a banana, ice and cocoa powder for a nutritious tasty treat!
Sugar-sweetened beverages like sodas, Kool-Aid and lemonade may sound good, but they can contain up to a 1/4 cup of sugar per serving. They rarely contain nutrients, and the calories get stored as fat if you are not burning them off as quickly as you are consuming them.
Sports drinks may sound like a health drink, but realistically they are too high in sugar for the majority of the population. Even high endurance athletes should be watering down these sports drinks for the best benefit.
Drink in moderation
Milk can be a healthy part of your diet, but make sure you are choosing 1% or skim milk and limiting yourself to no more than three 8-ounce servings a day.
100% Juice Know your portion sizes when it comes to juice. Children should be drinking no more than 4 ounces of juice per serving and even adults should limit themselves to only 6-8 ounces. Try diluting juice with sparkling water and remember that real fruit will always be the better choice.
Sugar-Free drinks are not as calorically dense as their sugary counterparts, but research is starting to show that they don’t lead to weight loss. When trying to replace sugary beverages, water will always be the best choice.
Water should provide the most liquid in your diet. You should be drinking more water than any other beverage. Water is best at quenching your thirst, hydrating your body and assisting your organs in doing their job, including filtering your body of toxins.
Unsweetened tea, like coffee, is a source of antioxidants, especially the green tea variety.
Probiotics like Kombucha and Kefir may have odd names, but these drinks contain probiotics that are great for your gut. Specifically, they contain good bacteria that can assist with a healthy digestive tract.