Drinks that do not do your body good…. by Jen McSorley

How many non-water drinks do have per day?  You may not even realize that you may be adding anywhere from 300 to 500 extra calories per day, just by sipping on your favorite coffee or soda.  Let’s take a look at the worst drinks for your body.

Juice Drinks
“Juice drink” and “juice cocktail” are almost always just another way of covering up for brightly-colored sugar water. For a truly healthy drink, look for 100 percent juice.

Whipped Coffee Drinks
A large icy cup of coffee can contain up to 800 calories when made with 2% milk. Why does it taste so sweet?  A typical drink has 170 grams of sugar.

Flavored Water
Flavored and infused waters may deliver a few extra vitamins, but they are often packed with added sugars. Check the label: If you see more than water and natural flavors, don’t buy it.

Diet Soda
Diet soda may be calorie free, but there is nothing nutritional about it. One diet soda may not hurt you, but if you are drinking more than that, you most likely are not getting enough water per day either.

Frozen Mixed Drinks
When it comes to cocktails, the mixes have the highest calories counts. For example, a 16-ounce pina colada can weigh in at a whopping 880 calories.  Try to stay away from the frozen drinks as much as possible.

“Healthy” Fruit Smoothies
A 32-ounce smoothie can pack as many as 700 calories with fewer than 2 grams of protein and can be extremely high in sugar content. Fruit is good for you, but it is all the other stuff you add to the smoothie that can do you harm.

Sports Drinks
Many sports drinks contain a mixture of natural and artificial sweeteners, plus a long list unpronounceable additives.

Energy Drinks
Energy drinks are everywhere.  When you think about “energy” drinks, it usually means products that contain caffeine. The issue is that most are loaded with way too much caffeine and sugar. They may give you a quick burst of energy.

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