Water is still on top of the list of the best drinks that is good for our body. Water has zero calorie content and provides more healthful effects to our body. Drinking plenty of water has lots of benefits to the body. However, the list of the worst drinks that is bad for our body increases year after year and the correlation of these bad drinks to health issues such as diabetes, heart problems and obesity continue to intensify as well. There are now so many unhealthy drinks available in the market so it would be better to know the top 5 worst drinks that we should avoid.
It is the high in sugar and high in caffeine content of energy drinks that gave it a place among the top of the worst drinks list. Every 8-ounce glass of energy drink is loaded with hundreds of milligrams of caffeine. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the caffeine limit per 12 ounces should be 71 milligrams only. One of the most popular energy drinks is the Rockstar Energy Drink. Every can (16 fl oz) of Rockstar energy drink provides nearly as much sugar as 6 Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnuts and 60 times more calories of the same amount of Red Bull.
More than 10 billion gallons of soft drinks are produced each year by soft drink manufacturers according to a study by Harvard School of Public Health. Every cup of soft drink contains an average of 8 teaspoons of sugar. If there are 16 cups per gallon, then a total of 1280 billion teaspoons of sugar are being marketed annually, not to mention the other drinks in the market that are also sugar-based. If your drink is overloaded with sugar, it also means excess in calorie content. Studies show that excessive sugar and calories in our body can lead to obesity and other obesity-related conditions like type-2 diabetes and heart disease. Aside from Coke and Pepsi, you may want to avoid Welch’s Grape Soda, Mountain Dew, and Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper.
Specialty Coffee Drinks
An 8-ounce cup of brewed coffee will provide 100 milligrams of caffeine which is enough to boost your energy. Those bottled and premixed varieties of coffee including those prepared with sugar, cream and other flavors will provide additional sugar and calories which is no longer a characteristic of a healthy beverage. A large specialty coffee drink can have up to 800 calories and 170 grams of sugar. If you prefer coffee over soda to get your afternoon kick, better think again because you may only be getting sugar shock instead of the caffeine buzz that you wanted. Coffee concoctions with lots of add-ons like whipped cream and syrups are hard to resist but if you want to prioritize your health, better stay away from these drinks.
Aside from the physical health, excessive drinking of alcohol can also affect the psychological, economic and social condition of a person. There are some health benefits when you drink alcohol in moderation but you can get into trouble when you go beyond limits. Some adverse effects of drinking too much alcohol include heart disease, cancer, liver failure and addiction. The mixers used to prepare cocktails might be loaded with calories so you better be aware and make a sound choice.
Don’t be confused with mere fruit juice and juice drinks. Fruits are indeed good for the body but the store-bought juice drinks, even those fruit smoothies offered in restaurants are tremendously high in sugar and calorie content, not to mention the added preservatives and artificial colorings. Juice drinks that may have adverse effect to your body are cranberry juice, orange juice, and grape juice.
These are just the top 5 worst drinks that we should avoid. The list could go on and on but what matters most is that you are aware of the health risks of what you drink. Moderation is the key.