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Sugar in Your Beverages

Would you eat nine or ten teaspoons of sugar in five minutes? Most of us would answer “no”. Now, considering that a 12-ounce-can of Coca-Cola contains 39 grams of sugar which is equivalent to almost ten teaspoons of sugar, would your answer be the same? Many of us are unaware of the large amount of sugar we consume through what we drink. Nor that the vast majority of our daily caloric intake comes from sugar in drinks, and this increases the risk of obesity, diabetes and other diseases.

Maybe you are thinking that this is not relevant to you, since you almost never drink Coca-Cola and other soft drinks. However, it is the same case when it comes to other beverages such as fruit juices. Natural fruit juices, packaged or homemade, also contain high amounts of sugar. The juices we buy in supermarkets, claiming to be 100% natural, are very misleading. Apart from being very high in calories its main ingredient is usually sugar, containing up to 30 grams in only 8 ounces. And making them at home is not necessarily the best solution. When we blend fresh fruit, the fiber they contain disappears, which makes us absorb fructose rapidly increasing the level of blood sugar. On the contrary, consuming whole fruits, the fiber prevents this rapid absorption, so they are more recommended.

And how do we avoid eating sugar drinks? Replacing them with healthier alternatives. The primary drink in our daily diet should be water. Remember that our body is 75% water. Lack of hydration causes fatigue, headaches and body pains, hunger, anxiety and even the deterioration of cellular health. With the constant daily water consumption, we could quench our thirst without having to resort to soft drinks or fruit juices. Another alternative is natural unsweetened teas. There are many types of fine teas that can be drunk hot or cold and besides being a healthy alternative, they also have other benefits such as its antioxidant content. Refrain from sugary drinks with these alternatives and reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes and other diseases.

Sabrina Scovino

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