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Real Facts Behind our Everyday Drinks

Real Facts Behind our Everyday Drinks

Different types of drinks like tea, coffee, juices etc; are an integral part of our daily diet. Read on to find out how these everyday drinks affect our health.

For millions of years, water was the only beverage for humans – thirst-quencher, refreshing, abundant, hydrating, and providing everything the body needs to refill the fluids it loses. Milk came next, with the rise of domestication of animals and agriculture. Followed by milk, you got tea, coffee, etc. – all for the need of taste and pleasure. Finally the newcomers appeared, known as health drinks, such as sports and energy drinks, canned fruit juices, smoothies, etc. But have you ever wondered, are they really healthy? Let us see what you have got in them in real.

What’s Behind Tea and Coffee?

Tea and coffee are the drinks you have grown up having. But have they ever been harmful to you? You may not have noticed, but drinking tea or coffee with an addition of sugar, cream, milk and flavourings can transform them from a healthful beverage into a harmful one. They are known to affect blood pressure, cause sleeplessness, and can also increase the risk of miscarriage. Also these drinks contain caffeine and the excessive intake of caffeinated drinks is not safe. You can rely on tea and coffee, only when they are taken plain, otherwise it is just a “No.”

What’s Behind Fruit Juices?

Eating raw fruits and sipping on fruit juice – both are different not because of the way you are consuming the two, but because of the health benefit. The former is definitely healthy if taken in moderate quantity, but the latter is unhealthy taken in any amount. Precious fibber is lost when you convert fruits to their juices, and the sugar content goes up per helping. So you ultimately consume more sugar. Sugar causes inflammation in the body, which may lead to arthritis, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. So you decide if fruit juices are really healthy or not.

What’s Behind Sports Drinks?

You find soda and diet soda really unhealthy, which is true, but to opt for a better alternative, you have found sports drinks. To the fact, these sports drinks are equally unhealthy. Even after a heavy exercise routine, the sugar content of these sports drinks will increase your weight and the heap of vitamins can cause vitamin toxicity at the same time. So you need to think again if you want to fill your gym or running bottle with so-called sports drinks.

What’s Behind Packaged Smoothies?

Packaged smoothies are known to be nutrient-dense, rich in calcium, and help keep you hydrated. They are a great visual treat with colourful packages and a delightful taste. But many smoothie recipes are in fact are unhealthy, mostly the ones with fruits and flavoured yogurt. They are not doing you blood pressure or waistline any favour. Fruits are good but such drinks tend have a lot of added sugar as well making the smoothies having a high level of sugar intake. Packaged smoothies also contain preservatives and artificial colours and flavours. So, instead of buying packaged smoothies, you can make your healthy smoothies at home.

Low-Fat and Skim Milk and Other Non-Calorically Sweetened Drinks

All of these are a waste. Low-fat milk and skimmed milk are virtually fat-free; in fact, they all contain high levels of calories, and high level of their consumption may lead to ovarian and prostate cancer. It is best to limit your milk content to one glass a day. Similarly, the drinks with calorie-free artificial sweeteners also contribute to weight gain, and have nothing to prove that they are healthy.

The so-called healthy drinks may hydrate your body but will also add a heavy amount of needless calories that will be difficult for your body to regulate. The best option is of course water – nothing can beat that! But otherwise, you can also try natural healthy drinks, such as buttermilk, Sattoo, Jaljeera, lemonade, Aamraas etc; which are widely available in the market. 

What types of drinks should be included in the daily diet? Which drinks should be avoided? Why is it necessary to include healthy drinks in the diet? Discuss here.

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Sarbani.1 year ago
We need to be careful about what we drink. Best is to drink 3 to 4 liters of water a day and stay healthy instead of drinking any other beverages.
Mariam.1 year ago
I agree with you Sarbani! All drinks are not good for our health especially caffeinated drinks. They increase the ph levels in our body.
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