A Sip of Disaster
You may be eating better, but are you drinking better? Some of the drinks that are advertised as healthy may actually be fooling us. Labels can sometimes be complicated and contain ingredients that we have never heard of; therefore, we are easily deceived. One rule that I use, is that if I can’t pronounce the name of the ingredient or I don’t know what it is, then it is probably something that I shouldn’t be putting in my body. Also if you’re going to drink it, and it isn’t water, then please make yourself of the servings per bottle. Sometimes people only look at the amount of calories that the drink contains, and they forget that the calorie amount may not be for the entire bottle. Can you guess which drink is the unhealthiest?
Top Ten Drinks ranked from least healthy to most healthy:
2. Some Juices
3. Caffeinated Drinks
4. Alcoholic Drinks
5. Health Shakes
6. Diet Sodas
7. Energy Drinks
8. Some Herbal Drinks
9. Flavored Water
10. Tap Water
The best choice is always filtered water! It is recommended that the average person drinks eight 8-ounces glasses of water daily. In order to determine your specific water intake, divide your weight (in pounds) by two, and the remaining number is the amount of ounces you should drink daily.
This emphasis on drinking more water and fewer sugary drinks is a key part of the new USDA Dietary Guidelines. Find a simple overview of the new guidelines here.
Brooke Curtis is currently a sophomore attending DePauw University with an intended biology major. She is serving as an intern for NEHM in early 2011.