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
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
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