Everyone warns you about how unhealthy sodas are for you but they neglect all the other super sugary drinks. If you want to improve your overall health, try cutting these incredibly sugary drinks out of your diet. I know it sounds hard but just by cutting them out you can easily shed a few pounds a week. Let’s take a look at some of the worst drinks you can put in you body.
Everyone’s favorite cold day drink is filled with sugar and wasted calories. Stop thinking of hot cocoa as a drink and consider it a dessert. This way of thinking may keep you from overdoing it. An average cup of hot cocoa has 300 calories and 43 grams of sugar. That’s more than a can of soda, pretty crazy huh? Steer clear of this sugary dessert drink.
The problem with fruit juice is you are getting all the natural sugars form the fruit with none of the helpful fiber. Many juices even add sugar making them even worse for your diet. Fruit juice in general is a bad move if you are counting calories. Water is always your best drink option.
Sweetened Iced tea
Iced tea is a great drink when it’s unsweetened, but these sweet teas from the south are killing us faster than soda. Regular tea is full of antioxidants but adding sugar negates all of teas’ pluses. Many sweet teas have more than 30 grams of sugar and are upwards of 400 calories per drink. Coke doesn’t seem so bad now.
Lemonades are packed with sugars to counteract the super sourness of lemons. Avoid lemonades on a hot day and instead drink ice-cold water with lemons.
A huge misnomer is that sports drinks are good for you. If you want electrolyte replacement, stick with unsweetened coconut water. These sports drinks are packed with sugars and sodium.
Flavored Coconut water
This is another example where the normal unsweetened version of a product is exponentially better than the sweetened version. Flavored coconut waters add upwards of 30 grams of sugars and take away from the good electrolytes naturally found in the water. If you are sweating a lot, normal coconut water is the best at replacing your nutrients.
Black coffee is extremely beneficial to your body but adding dairy and sugars is a bad move. Stick with the simple plain coffee and stop drinking so many calories.
Energy drinks are bad on multiple levels so you should avoid them at all costs. The high caffeine levels are not healthy and you should be careful consuming them. These are also packed with sugars that do nothing but add inches to your waistline.
Sweetened non-dairy milks
Non-dairy milks are super hot right now as people push back from dairy. Avoid the sweetened versions if you are hopping on this trend. Once again the non-sweetened versions are way superior.
Stop fooling yourself into thinking tonic water is a healthier mixer for your alcohol, because it’s not. Tonic water has an average of 32 grams of sugar per 12 ounces. That’s only a few less than soda.
Beer is not a dieter’s best choice for alcohol. Usually more calories than soda, beer is packed with sugars and carbohydrates. If you want booze, try wine or spirits for less calories per drink. Beer is a secret sugary drink that most of us don’t even realize.