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Making healthy choices in what we choose to drink is a giant step toward a healthy diet.   However, in American our consumption of soft-drinks has increased almost 500 percent over the past 50 years.   When you drink non-diet soda you take in more calories than those who do not.  Non-diet soda accounts for almost half (46%) of the total amount of sugar in the diet.   Since most 12 ounce cans of soda contain 150 calories, one soda a day could lead to weight gain of 15 pounds in one year increasing your risk of becoming overweight and developing type 2 diabetes.

Sports drinks have become popular with children and teens.  They tend to have less added sweetener and fewer calories, but were developed for people who were doing high intensity physical activity for 90 minutes or more.  Since the activity level of most youth and adults is not that intense water is a better choice to drink.
When choosing drinks try these tips:

  • Make water your first choice and help your children learn to enjoy drinking water. *
  • Make soft drinks a “sometimes” beverage to be enjoyed in moderate amounts. Remember soft drinks include fruit-ades, fruit drinks, lemonade, energy drinks, sweet tea, and sports drinks. *
  • Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator for easy access. *
  • Add lemon, lime, other fruit, or a splash of juice to water. *

*from http://www.extension.org/pages/Rethink_Your_Drink

So what is our best choice to quench our thirst?  As you have guessed water is the best choice.  No calories, no problems for our teeth, no caffeine, and it is what our body really needs. Enjoy a glass of cool water!

Reference:  http://www.extension.org/pages/Rethink_Your_Drink

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