It’s so easy to reach for the wrong drink when you’re feeling thirsty or tired. But did you know if you’re reaching for those so-called “healthy drinks” that really aren’t, you could be drinking one or even two extra meals’ worth of calories every single day! Here’s the scary truth—the average person who lives in the US can drink an extra 420 calories every day. That’s almost the same as throwing two slices of pizza into a blender and gulping it down.
We guarantee that after reading this, you won’t be tempted ever again to grab the wrong drink!
Avoid These 3 Not So Healthy Drinks
Sure, just the word juice may make you think healthy and fresh – but beware! For the most part, the juice is just sugar water dressed up in bright colors. Here’s a breakdown of a 12-ounce portion of Coca Cola and apple juice to get an idea:
- Coca Cola: 140 calories and 40 grams of sugar – that’s 10 teaspoons!
- Apple juice: 165 calories and 39 grams of sugar – that’s 9.8 teaspoons!
Drink instead, look for juices that are 100% juice and nothing else.
It sounds safe, but flavored waters may be full of lots and lots of added sugar. Always check the label before tossing flavored water into your cart. If there is something other than water and natural flavors—leave it behind.
Drink instead of the flavored waters that have only water and natural flavors.
Of course, fresh fruit is good for you, but smooth-ified it can be full of as much as 700 calories because of the high sugar content. Lots of smoothie bars offer “fruit smoothies” that still have lots of other add-ins. You want to limit your daily fruit intake because calories can be stored away in your fat cells if you eat more than you can burn off in a day. A smoothie can be the same as eating an entire pineapple or a cup of strawberries in one glass!
Drink instead only a small amount or try whipping up a healthy smoothie that has other nutritious ingredients that aren’t straight fruit.
Whether you’re trying to lose weight or adopt a healthier lifestyle, watching what you drink is a must. Use these tips to steer clear of those so-called “healthy drinks” to avoid any pitfalls!
DHT Physical Therapy wants to return you to the activities you love, while decreasing pain and increasing range of motion and flexibility. We also work alongside you to develop the best nutrition plan for your individual needs.