10 Worst Drinks for Your Health

10 Worst Drinks for Your Health

6. Fancy Coffees

worst drinks for your health

Sugar and milk are often added to fancy coffee concoctions, which top the caloric content to up to 800 calories per cup. That’s 1/3 of the maximum recommended intake of saturated fat for a healthy adult. With 170g of sugar added into the drink, you’ll be served with a sugar shock more than a caffeine fix. Topping it off with whipped cream instantly wrecks your waistline, in addition to putting you at risk for cholesterol and heart disease.

Try this instead: Enjoy your coffee in moderation by opting for low-fat or fat-free creamer to add a touch of creaminess. Over time, you can wean yourself off sugar and cream, and opt for flavoured coffee beans instead to enjoy the rich taste and aroma minus the calories.

 

7. Alcoholic Drinks

worst drinks for your health

Drinking alcohol in moderation (one to two drinks a day) benefits your health as it helps to raise your HDL (good cholesterol) level, boost blood flow and improve sugar metabolism. However, when you consume in excess of this recommended limit, your risk for obesity and other health problems start to surface. A 2011 study from the American Cancer Society found that the risk of cancer death was 30% higher among people who are heavy drinkers (3 or more drinks per day) compared to those who drank in moderation.

A good rule to abide by is to avoid cocktails and mixers such as margaritas, daiquiris and pina coladas. These drinks are loaded with calories equivalent to a meal (a 10-ounce pina colada has close to 550 calories), and they are rarely made with any real fruit – they usually contain corn syrup and a mix of artificial flavours.

Try this instead: When you are out celebrating, opt for healthier choices such as a light beer, dry wine or liquor mixed with soda water instead of sugar-loaded beverages. Soda water mixed with a splash of juice makes a great low-calorie fizzy drink as well. Do remember to drink a cup of water in between alcoholic beverages to prevent dehydration.

 

8. Diet Soda

worst drinks for your health

Diet soda may have zero calories and sugar, but it also contains zero nutrition. Researchers have found that the consumption of diet soda in excessive amounts is linked to an increased risk of depression and hypertension. The danger surfaces when you replace your water consumption with diet soda, as there is a good chance that you are not drinking the healthy drinks your body needs (i.e. water).

Try this instead: If you are trying to lose weight and stay healthy, it may help to remove all types of soda from your diet – especially diet soda. Go for water instead – both in its natural form or infused with fruits – as this helps your body to function well by keeping your body temperature in check and flushing out toxins.

 

9. Bottled Tea

worst drinks for your health

Tea is often touted as a healthy beverage due to the antioxidants it contains. However, it is important to check the nutritional content of bottled teas, as some may come with an extraordinary amount of added sugar. Some bottled tea can contain up to four tablespoons of sugar, which overrides the antioxidant properties of tea.

Try this instead: To save your teeth and watch your weight, it is best to swap the sugar-laden bottled tea for less sugary options. Options such as pure green tea, chamomile or mint teas are best as these have a naturally pleasant taste and require little to no sweeteners.

 

10. Lemonade

worst drinks for your health

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Lemons are considered one of the healthiest fruit options as they are naturally sour and contain less sugar. This gives us the impression that guzzling lemonade does wonders for our health. However, in actual fact, lemonade – especially the store-bought ones – is often loaded with sugar, preservatives and artificial colour. With approximately 100 calories per cup and the equivalent of six teaspoons of sugar, drinking lemonade is just as good as downing liquid candy.

Try this instead: Make your own lemonade with a controlled amount of sugar or honey for that tinge of sweetness. Adding lemon wedges into your glass of warm water and drinking it first thing in the morning also boasts of health benefits such as better digestion and immunity, as well as helps to keep your immune system in check.

 

For information and medical advice on health and nutrition issues, book an appointment with our resident doctor at MindChamps Medical clinic now.

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