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Avoiding surgary drinks can be difficult; they are readily available, advertised everywhere and as a result they are a major contributor to our overweight and obesity epidemic. The high sugar content in sports drinks, juices, teas, and sodas is only part of the problem; supersized drinks means we are getting even more empty calories.  Many sugary drinks also contain a lot of caffeine which may contribute to anxiety,  poor sleep, tooth decay and tooth enamel erosion. Here are some other things to think about:

  • Soda has no nutritional value –  9 ounces has 110-115 empty calories.
  • Energy drinks are not sports drinks and should not replace water during exercise.
  • Water is the most important nutrient for active people.
  • Exercising causes people to sweat  out water and minerals. It’s important to replenish with the body’s natural hydrater – H20!
  • Water is the #1 thirst quencher!

Choose water whenever possible or low-fat milk. Keep a pitcher of water or bottled water readily available in your refridgerator. If you choose to serve juice make sure it’s 100-percent juice. Watch out for juice labeled “-ade” or “drink”. Those often contain only 5-percent juice.

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