What is your go-to health drink? Read below to find out if you need to rethink your beverage of choice!
There are so many different drinks available in today’s marketplace. There are literally hundreds of thousands of different flavors and types of drinks on shelves. Almost anything we want is at our disposal! But all these options within easy reach, doesn’t by any means, suggest that these options are good for you. In fact, over 70% of the drinks on the market today are packed with processed or extra sugars. Take a look below to see if you commonly buy any of these drinks. You may be surprised to hear that these particular 3 drinks that many consider to be “healthy”, really aren’t good for you at all…
I have a fellow trainer that I have grown up knowing most of my life, who I always think about anytime I ever hear the word “Gatorade”. One day when we were talking, he was telling me about one of the ways he likes to test his clients’ loyalty to their training programs. Basically, when a new client comes to meet with him for the first time and they have a Gatorade with them, he asks, “So, are you committed to this journey enough to walk to the trash can and throw that Gatorade away right now?” More often than not, they look at him in flat out shock because they had just bought it and now they would be throwing away the $3.25 they just spent. Or, perhaps they bought the Gatorade because-like the majority of those who drink sports drinks- they associate Gatorade with “health”. Gatorade is anything but healthy. Gatorade is intended for those considered “super athletes”. The select few who spend the majority of their day being physically active, triathlon participants or college sports players. What do all of those people have in common? They all exert a lot of energy, burn a lot of calories and deplete a lot of water and salt. Gatorade is meant to replenish the calories and sodium lost during the strenuous activity of these athletes. Not for you to sip on as you walk on the treadmill or sit at your desk. Gatorade is filled with sugar. So for those of you drinking it like water, you may as well just go back to your sodas because you aren’t doing yourself any favors.
Gatorade bottle (20z): 34g sugar
Coke can: 39g sugar
This is one of the most controversial drinks consumed today. For years, the FDA has pushed for us to give our kids chocolate milk to provide the calcium and Vitamin D that they need. What they don’t tell you is that chocolate milk is packed slam full of sugar! I mean, what did you expect? It’s called CHOCOLATE milk. It might as well be called candy bar milk. I will be the first to tell you, I am not a plain milk fan – but I do love chocolate milk. Over the years, some chocolate milk companies have made changes in an attempt to lower the sugar count. Unfortunately, chocolate milk is still not the super health drink that you see the celebrities endorse.
FairLife/1 cup: 12g sugar
Horizon/1 cup: 24g sugar
TruMoo/1 cup: 18g sugar
Flavored Coconut Water
Yeah, I’m sure when you read that – you thought I was crazy. But before you stop reading, hear me out. Yes, coconut water is one of the greatest drinks in the world. It is filled with tons of nutritional benefits and is considered one of nature’s miracle consumables. However, there are a lot more coconut waters on the market today than there were about 5 years ago. Instead of your plain, unaltered, run-of-the-mill coconut water, you now have the option to have a flavored coconut water. Sure these coconut waters taste great, but they are not nearly as good for you. Flavored coconut water isn’t made by letting fresh, organic fruits float in the water for a little while to absorb the fruit flavor and then bottling it all up really fast to store the taste. It’s quite the opposite. Most flavored coconut waters are filled with added sugars and natural flavoring to give you that “clementine-mango” taste. Stick to plain coconut water – it is a great hydrator and doesn’t need to be fancied up with extra sugar.
Flavored Vita Coco Water/ 8oz: 15g sugar
Are any of these drinks something that you commonly buy for yourself or a loved one? If so, hopefully now you are rethinking your purchases. If you do happen to be one of those people, don’t worry! You aren’t the only one. There are millions more like you that just haven’t been taught. But now you know and it’s time for you to share your new found knowledge, so that we can make a happier and healthier world!
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