Are you someone who believes that water is the best of all drinks? Not many of us love water and this may be the reason that you may add unwanted calories in the form of sodas, iced teas, coffees and energy drinks. But adding calories through drinks is different from the calories added through solid foods. According to several researches, the main difference is that we aren’t satisfied when we drink calories instead of eating them. It is better to choose healthier drinks that can quench your thirst as well as satisfy your taste buds:
Read the ingredient list: Energy drinks are promoted to be healthy but contain excess sugar and unwanted calories. Such beverages contain added sugars in the form of sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, dextrose, corn syrups, concentrated fruit juice and honey. Some beverage cans can contain more than one serving. Ensure to read the ingredients list before drinking so that you don’t end up consuming twice or thrice the added sugars, depending on the number of servings.
Do it, one step at a time: Used to drinking sweetened teas or sugary juices regularly? There is no dire need to completely cut off your consumption (it is not possible too!) immediately. Do them gradually, replacing those drinks with pure water.
Enrich water: While we often hear suggestions on increasing water intake, it can be a monumental task if you are not interested to do so. Pursue any of these tips given here to rev up your water consumption.
Smoothie Love: Are you game for a chilled smoothie or do you crave for a mid-afternoon snack? Save on your budget and enhance nutrition with a homemade fruit smoothie! Blend your favorite fruits with some low-fat unsweetened yogurt, ½ cup low-fat milk and few ice cubes to stir a lip-smacking smoothie!
Coconut lovers can try a glass of fresh unsweetened or unflavored coconut water to step up electrolytes for a healthy heart while fermented food lovers can try their hands on a cup of kombucha for its supposed health benefits. While kombucha might contain some added sugars, it is considerably less than what soft drinks contain. All the hype created around fermented foods is not always true but there is no harm in consuming these foods as they are advantageous to our health in some way. Read more on fermented foods and their different proposed benefits at the website www.firsteatright.com.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.