Top 6 “Healthy” Drinks That Are NOT Healthy!
It’s not easy sticking to a healthy diet, and what makes it even worse is when food and drink are marketed as healthy, only for you to find out that they are anything but healthy! Beverages are the worst offenders because they are easy to consume without them making you feel full or realizing that they are actually loaded with sugar.
Below lists the top 6 “healthy” drinks you should stop drinking:
1. Bottled smoothies
Beware of any type of smoothie that comes in a pre-packaged bottle because there is a good chance there is going to be a ton of sugar and other preservatives to give it a long shelf-life.
Instead, make your own smoothie at home. That way you know exactly what is going into your smoothie.
Unless this is pure vegetable juice, this is likely going to be very high in sugar.
Make your own juice at home from vegetables, or better yet, make a smoothie! Smoothies contain the fiber in fruits and vegetables which will help to keep you full and slow the effect of sugar if the smoothie contains natural fruit sugars.
3. Skim milk
Skim milk, aka fat-free milk, is actually very high in sugar. One cup has around 11 grams – that’s about half as much sugar as you should have in one day!
Go for unsweetened nut milks. If you want dairy milk, then go for organic hormone-free full-fat dairy milk.
4. Sports drinks
All of those colorful drinks marketed as being good for fueling your workout or post-workout, should be avoided. These are nothing more than sugar waters with a bunch of chemicals added.
Drink pure water or go for coconut water which is super hydrating and full of electrolytes but with natural sugars.
5. Bottled tea
Bottled tea is super deceiving because tea by itself is sugar-free, but bottled teas normally have a ton of added sugar because manufacturers want it to taste good. When you add a bunch of sugar and chemicals and add it to tea, this makes the tea no better than drinking soda.
Brew your own tea at home, or find a brand of tea with zero sugar.
6. Ginger beer
Ginger beer is essentially alcohol free but unfortunately is loaded with sugar – one bottle can have around 50 grams of sugar or more! That’s literally double the amount of sugar you should consume in one day.
Try to find brands of ginger beer that are lower in sugar, or go for diet ginger ale instead.
Always check the nutrition facts label because anything marketed as “healthy” does not mean that it is actually good for you.
About the author: Sarah-Kate Rems is an Ivy-league trained Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner licensed in California with an expertise in preventative healthcare. She considers nutrition and exercise to be the basis of well-being and is a strong advocate for daily physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet. Sarah-Kate is also a co-founder of The Mindful Tech Lab
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