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10 Worst Drinks for Your Body
Health Tips • June 21, 2011

Whether you’re trying to lose weight, maintain weight loss or adopt a healthier lifestyle, watching your beverages is a must. Because it doesn’t involve sitting down at a table or chewing, most of us don’t pay much attention to the liquids we pour into our bodies, but we should! Take a look at ten of the worst offenders:

  1. Juice drinks – Most are loaded with sugar; choose only those labeled 100% juice.
  2. Whipped coffee drinks – They can contain up to 800 calories and 170 grams of sugar. To lessen the overload, choose skim milk, half the syrup and skip the whip or try a plain iced coffee.
  3. Flavored waters – Along with the vitamins, most also contain artificial sweeteners. Select those that only list water and natural flavors on the label.
  4. Soda – The overconsumption of sodas has been linked to obesity. Occasional diet sodas are OK, but there are better choices for filling up your daily beverage intake.
  5. Frozen mixed drinks – The mixers are the culprit here, usually filled with artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners.
  6. “Healthy” fruit smoothies – Premade fast-food smoothies don’t always have real fruit and are loaded with sugar. For a healthier option, make your own so you can control the ingredients... like this tasty looking blueberry smoothie with no added sugar.
  7. Hard liquor – After 2 drinks, your risk of obesity and other health problems increases. If you’re going to imbibe, keep it limited.
  8. Lemonade – Skip the ready-made lemonades and make your own minus the preservatives and artificial coloring. Opt for either less sugar or try honey to sweeten.
  9. Sports drinks – The electrolytes are good when you’ve sweating, but most drinks also have a lot of sugar and preservatives you don’t need.
  10. Energy drinks –You may get an energy burst, but it will be a short-term fix because it’s from an overload of caffeine and sugar.

Source: Shape

Based on nutritional value and calories, your best bets for quality beverages include water and herbal teas. Cheers to your health!

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Do you drink any of these beverages? What beverage is your weakness? Please leave a comment below.