Rethink Your Drink and learn about “WHOA,” “GO,” and “SLOW” drinks! Another helpful video from your friends at SNAP-Ed NY!
These are drinks that are best to be avoided altogether including sodas, sweet tea, and sports drinks. Excessive drinking of these beverages can cause weight gain, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even cavities. One can of soda contains 39 grams of sugar – that’s 9.75 teaspoons! It would take at least 15 minutes to burn off all that sugar.
Drinks such as 100% juice and chocolate milk are okay to have a couple of times per week or on special occasions. They have some great nutrients, but let’s not forget about their natural sugars – it still adds up. Diet drinks don’t have added sugar, but scientists believe the artificial sweeteners actually make us crave sweets resulting in eating more and taking in more calories. Sucrose, glucose, honey or cane sugar are all hidden names for sugar.
These drinks are great to have any time. Water can be flavored naturally with fresh lemon, lime, watermelon, or cucumber! More examples of how to flavor your water can be found on our website. To strengthen your muscles and bones, try skim or 1% milk.