When you are thinking about how to modify your diet in an attempt to lose weight or boost your overall health, it is easy to overlook the contribution that can be made by drinks.
However, there are some drinks that are so shockingly bad for you that it is in your best interests to avoid them at all costs.
Often, the problem is excessive amounts of sugar that cause dangerous spikes in blood pressure and blood sugar and contribute to weight gain, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cardiovascular disease.
Here are THE 8 DRINKS YOU SHOULD NEVER DRINK AGAIN:
1 – ICED TEA. Iced tea is popular and may look like a healthier alternative to sugary sodas. In addition, iced green teas are commonly selected by dieters who have heard that drinking green tea can aid weight loss. However, iced tea is not real green tea and is definitely not the smart choice that it may be appear to be. The averaged iced tea contains at least 250 calories per serving, and you will be disappointed to learn that many of them contain even more sugar than you would expect to find in most sodas. Most iced teas will provide you with around 60g of sugar, so drinking just a few servings of iced tea each week can pose a serious obstacle to your health.
2 – HOT CHOCOLATE. While you may already know that hot chocolate is unhealthy, you probably are not aware of just how ridiculous the ingredients can be. In general, the hot chocolate that you can buy in coffee shops like Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts will be exceptionally bad for you in all possible ways with its very high calorie and sugar intake. The averaged hot chocolate drink that you can buy it the supermarket contains 22g of saturated fat (which is more than you should have in an entire day), and 85g of sugar. To top it all off, the 380mg of sodium makes this drink entirely unsuitable for those who are concerned about heart health and maintaining low blood pressure. It’s nutritional content should serve as a wakeup call about the true nature of these sweet drinks.
3 – VITAMIN WATER / GATORADE / POWERADE. Flavored waters often try to lure you in with the claim that they contain added vitamins and other nutrients, but don’t be fooled by the bold statements on their labels. Even those that deliver on the promise to provide you with vitamins may be doing your body more harm than good due to excessive amounts of added hidden sugars. Avoid these drinks and opt for regular plain water or experiment water with a squeeze of lemon and/or lime.
4 – ENERGY DRINKS. These drinks are already known to be very harmful and very unhealthy and should be avoided at all costs. The averaged energy drink like Monster, Red Bull and Rockstar contains a unbelievable 50G of sugar per serving. Drinking just one of these puts you way over the recommended daily limit for sugar consumption. Even the FDA has warned that excessive consumption of these beverages could even be fatal. Energy drinks appear to be responsible for heart attacks, loss of consciousness, irregular heartbeat, psychotic episodes and strokes. If you are looking for a boost, always choose a coffee over an energy drink. As well as being responsible about weight gain, you will be preserving the health of your whole body.
5 – MIXED ALCOHOLIC DRINKS. Before you order a cocktail pitcher or even just a single mixed drink, you should know what you’re getting yourself into. Unfortunately, some mixed drinks contain more calories than a medium-sized dinner, with many of those coming directly from calories and fat. For example, the US Department of Agriculture revealed that the average 16-ounce Pina Colada can provide you with as many as 880 calories. Margaritas and Daiquiris tend to be just as bad, and these drinks are rarely ever made with any real fruit. Rather, their amazing taste comes from a whole host of artificial flavors and a hefty dose of high fructose corn syrup.
6 – MILKSHAKES. Milkshakes are liquid desserts, so you should be as wary of them as you would be of a slab of cheesecake or a slice of cake. Milkshakes contain so much saturated fat and excessive amounts of sugar. The averaged milkshake contains 500 to 1000 calories, no exaggeration. With the 50 to 80G of sugar thrown into the mix, milkshakes comes with a guarantee of weight gain and future disease.
7 – PROCESSED SMOOTHIES. Smoothies can seem like an excellent addition to the diet, as you will be getting plenty of fruit and vegetables, vitamins and minerals and a wide range of other benefits for your body. However, the processed smoothies sold in most stores are a big NO. Some examples are Naked, Bolthouse Farms, Odwalla, Sambazon, etc. Many of them will contain around 350 calories and huge amounts of refined sugar that are added to improve the overall taste. Avoid buying smoothies and make them yourself. Create healthy nutritious smoothies with fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, nut butters, greek yogurt, etc. with no added sugars and preservatives.
8 – SODA. Last but not least is the most obvious one. The averaged soda contains 40G of sugar and phosphoric acid. Phosphoric acid leads to calcium loss in bones and tooth erosion. Eye, skin, throat, nose, and respiratory irritant. Increases the chance of getting osteoporosis and is linked to kidney damage and kidney stones. The high sugar intake of these beverages along with high fructose corn syrup that most sodas contain lead to a wide array of health problems including diabetes, heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer.