Top 10 Unhealthiest Drinks
Don’t overlook the beverage you drink to accompany your food, it could be harming you.
Most young students can eat a whole pizza for dinner and be hungry by bedtime. Eventually, the fast metabolism begins to slow down. The same kind of carefree eating you tend to do as a teenager leads to more weight gain when you’re older, so smarter choices are the clear answer. Unfortunately, even the holiest diet won’t necessarily help you lose weight. The culprit could be what’s in the glass next to your plate. A diet that contains nothing but lean protein and vegetables won’t do you any good if you’re passing on your food with hundreds of calorie-laden drinks.
Most people like juices for their great taste, but also for the health factor. There’s no denying that fruit and vegetable juices offer a lot of nutrients, especially when freshly made. The problem comes with calories and portions. If you drink a cup of grape juice, you’ll get a whopping 120% of your daily vitamin C needs, but it will cost you 140 calories. Eating a cup of whole fruit will give you only a fraction of the vitamin C, but you’ll also only consume 104 calories and end up with over a gram of fiber.
It should come as no surprise that this fizzy drink is on the list. Made of little more than artificial flavorings and sugar, soda isn’t doing your body any favors. Let’s take a look at the damage. If you were to drink 20 ounces of cola, a fairly standard bottle size, you’d be consuming 260 calories, 60 milligrams of sodium and 70 grams of sugar. No vitamins, no minerals, zip.
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4.-Zero Calorie Drinks
Diet sodas are anything but diet. Many people consider soft drinks and other calorie-free beverages to satisfy a craving for sweets while avoiding the calories they hope to avoid. It’s not that simple, though. Research indicates that artificial sweeteners make us crave more food because we’re not getting the calories we associate with the sweet taste. The study was conducted on rats, but it doesn’t seem too far-fetched to think that the results may be the same for humans.
Some people are not used to the bitter taste of coffee, so they opt for an energy drink to get a caffeine boost. The similarities between a basic cup of coffee and these soft drinks almost end there. An 8-ounce serving of one of these high-octane drinks provides 130 calories and 31 grams of sugar. The ingredient label is even more troubling. Barbara Lewin, R.D., a sports nutritionist, says many energy drinks contain other stimulants that could be harmful. We can’t think of any situation in which one of these drinks would be a good choice.
Making smoothies at home can be a healthy way to get the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. The ones you buy in juice and deli shops are a different story. Life by Daily Burn presented a list of some of the highest calorie drinks out there. Some shakes offer up to 1,928 calories, 64 grams of fat and 250 grams of sugar. Even the lightest option, a 20-ounce light version, can have up to 864 calories.
A daily glass of wine has been given the green light by many health professionals. Even the occasional mixed drink is not a problem, unless you’re going to take the less recommended ones. Alcohol itself is very high in calories, with many varieties ranging around 100 calories per 1½ ounces, so adding amounts of sugar or high-fat ingredients can quickly turn your drink into the caloric equivalent of a full meal.
8.-Highly elaborated coffees
Most people don’t dream of starting their day with anything other than coffee. Morning coffee even has a number of health benefits. But adding a bunch of syrup, chocolate and whipped cream to the drink pretty much undoes all those advantages. A 20-ounce white chocolate mocha made with whole milk and topped with whipped cream has 580 calories and 26 grams of fat.
9.-Water with vitamins
Beware of fresh water infused with vitamins and “natural flavors”. Do you know what makes this type of water taste so delicious? Fructose. Research suggests that diets high in fructose, a common ingredient in most of these waters, may increase your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic problems. The reason people love this type of water is not because of the added vitamins and minerals, but because of the added sweetness.
10.-Sweetened almond milk
Almond milk does not come from cows, but it also tends to be less healthy than regular milk for certain reasons. For example, almond milk commonly sold in supermarkets can contain up to 16 grams of sugar per cup, as well as 1 gram each of protein and fiber. Reduced-fat milk has about 12 grams of sugar and 8 grams of protein, but no added sugars like the cane sugar found in almond milk.