Monday, January 31, 2011
Is What We're Drinking Packing On The Pounds?
It’s not too much of a surprise that drinking too much soda pop, energy drinks, or other sugary drinks can be bad for you. But how bad is it really? Can it contribute to weight gain?
I didn’t have a clue for a long time. I would drink a soda with lunch and another with dinner pretty much everyday. And if I was eating out, that usually meant more then one soda because of a little something called "free refills".
Well that changed a couple years ago when I realized I had slowly gained 15 pounds without even realizing it. I went on a learning journey and was shocked at how much weight sugary drinks can put on you.
Here are 3 reports I read that shocked me.
1. Researches show that one extra soft drink a day gave a child a 60 percent greater chance of becoming obese. "Consumption of sugar [high fructose corn syrup]-sweetened drinks," they concluded, "is associated with obesity in children."
2. Twenty-one percent of the sugar in the American diet comes from soft drinks. That’s more than just an unhealthy consumption of empty calories. It is a dangerous overload of caffeine and potentially hazardous, nutrient-depleting additives.
3. A study of more than 50,000 U.S. nurses found that those who drank just one serving of soda or fruit punch a day tended to gain much more weight than those who drank less than one a month, and had more than an 80 percent increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease. The risk pertained to drinks sweetened with either sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.
The message is: Anyone who cares about their health or the health of their family would not consume these beverages," said Walter C. Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health, who helped conduct the study. "Parents who care about their children’s health should not keep them at home."
I’ve decided not to keep soda pop and other sugary drinks in my home anymore. Here's what I drink instead.
Fortune Delight Tea- a delicious herbal tea made from plants, fruits, and herbs.
Made from real fruits and herbs without sugar, Fortune Delight Tea is a natural health drink mix that a nutritious replacement for sodas and high caffeine energy drinks.
It's so convenient, I carry a packet of this fragrant powdered drink mix everywhere I go and just pour the packet into a bottle of water and shake it up for a healthy drink, much better than soda.
I love that when I'm drinking it, that I'm actually drinking Plants, Fruits, and Herbs! Nothing's better than live enzymes and healthy antioxidants.
This fragrant herbal tea is a great part of a weight management program and assists your body's natural cleansing process which makes it a great drink when you're trying to lose weight. Plus it's only 10 calories. No sugar. And absolutely no artificial sweeteners either.
Comes in Regular, Lemon, Cinnamon, and Raspberry, and Peach (my favorite!) Flavors
*Fortune Delight Ingredients*Camellia Extract, Chrysanthemum Flower Extract, Jasmine Extract, Lalang Grass Root Extract, Peach Juice, Apple Juice.
One packet makes a full quart of refreshing tea.
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