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.