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Choosing a healthy beverage can sometimes be hard! There are so many drinks to choose from. It can also be deceiving. What may seem healthy may not be. Read on to find out some of the healthiest ways to satisfy your thirst.
Milk and fortified soy beverages are healthy ways to satisfy your thirst. They are good sources of protein, calcium and vitamin D. Enriched rice and almond beverages contain calcium and vitamin D but are low in protein. They are still better choices than juices, sweetened fruit beverages and carbonated beverages like pop.
Fruit juice and fruit beverages should be limited. Many of these beverages contain a high amount of sugar which can lead to weight gain. Fruit juice, even labelled as ‘no sugar added’ still contains a high amount of sugar. Eat a piece of fruit instead of drinking juice. Whole fruits have the added benefits of fibre and other nutrients not found in juice.
If you drink juice, choose ones that say “100% juice” on the package. If you choose to offer 100% fruit juice to your children, make sure they don’t get too much. Remember that children do not need juice to be healthy.
Fruit punch, fruit drink, fruit cocktail and fruit flavoured beverages contain water, flavouring and added sugar. They offer no nutrition. It is healthiest to limit or avoid these products.
Carbonated beverages have a very high amount of sugar. They have no nutrients like vitamins and minerals. Limit or avoid drinking carbonated beverages.
Your body does not need sports drinks if you are not exercising. These drinks are specially designed for people that are exercising and sweating a lot. If you drink sports drinks when you are not exercising, you will simply be increasing your sugar intake.
Certain people can benefit from sports drinks when doing physical activity. Not everyone needs sports drinks when exercising. Talk to your doctor or dietitian to find out if you should be using a sport drink when you exercise. See the article on Nutrition and Active Living FAQs.
Energy drinks claim to “make you more alert and give you energy.” Most have caffeine as an ingredient. Like pop, they often contain high amounts of sugar. Certain people like children and women who are breastfeeding or pregnant should not use energy drinks. Read more about energy drinks here.
Choosing a healthy beverage can be challenging. Choose water most often and try milk or a milk alternative like soy beverage to satisfy your thirst. Juices, beverages like pop, and energy drinks should be limited or avoided since they are higher in sugar and can lead to weight gain. Talk to your doctor or dietitian to find out if you should be using a sport drink when you exercise.
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