Don’t Drink Sugar Calories
Sugary drinks are the most fattening things you can put into your body. This is because liquid sugar calories don’t get registered by the brain in the same way as calories from solid foods. For this reason, when you drink soda, you end up eating more total calories. Sugary drinks are strongly associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and all sorts of health problems.
Keep in mind that fruit juices are almost as bad as soda in this regard. They contain just as much sugar, and the small amounts of antioxidants do NOT negate the harmful effects of the sugar.
Why Sweetened Beverages Don’t Work
- Satiety – Sweetened beverages don’t provide much satiety, meaning they don’t make you feel full after eating. Think about it for a minute. Sipping on a soda for 150 calories (and not to mention, over 40 grams of sugar in one stop) does not necessarily make you feel full. If you are hungry, you may even pair the drink with a bag of chips to take the hunger edge off, which can increase your calorie total for the day. On the contrary, if you have 150 calories of a container of light yogurt and 1/2 cup of fruit, you will feel quite satisfied.
- Calories – They can wreck your ideal calorie range for the day. Each gram of sugar adds four calories to a beverage. This may not seem like much, but it is. It’s not uncommon for a sweetened beverage to have 50 grams of sugar! That adds 200 calories to a beverage. An average woman may eat around 1500 calories for the entire day. Slurping a medium strawberry milkshake will take almost half your calories for the day, leaving you with little room for other meals or pushing you over your ideal calorie goal.
- Nutrition – Sweetened beverages typically do not provide nutritional benefits. I know, it’s a bummer. But it’s the truth! Sweetened sports drinks, colas and coffees do not provide anything significant except sugar and calories, thus putting you at risk for weight gain and a variety of health conditions. If you are going to drink your calories, aim for something that provides some nutrition such as a glass of skim milk which adds protein and calcium to your diet.
So, maybe sweetened fluids don’t work – but health professionals are in agreement. Fluid is essential for health and wellness, and they are one of the most important features in your diet. Make sure you choose wisely!