So you're dieting, but you love soda....what is your drink of choice now?
According to a study published in November 2017, about 61% of children and 50% of adults reported drinking soda daily in a 2013-2014 survey, compared with nearly 80% and 62%, respectively in a 2003-2004 survey.
While America's obsession with soda is waning, it is still a huge problem.
Here are a few reasons soda is so bad for our health:
Higher risk of heart disease
According to a study published in the journal Appetite, drinking soda can trigger sweet cravings by dulling your sensitivity to sweet tastes, sparking a vicious cycle of eating foods and drinks with added sugar.
Just one can of cola contains over 9 tsp of sugar - that is 1.5 times more than the American Heart Association recommends a women have in an entire day.
Here are some alternative options to try!
Infuse your water with delicious flavor!
Try adding slices of your favorite fruits, veggies, and herbs! (lemons, oranges, watermelon, cucumber, mint & limes are a few examples)
Go natural with green tea, hot or iced!
Studies show that it may help reduce
the risk of several types of cancer, heart
disease, obesity, liver disease, and type
Take your water sparkling for that bubbly feeling!
Personally, this is my go to! I find that I
enjoy the bubbly drinks...not necessarily a
soda. According to Everyday Health "Sip
seltzer. You'll get the hydration of water
with the feel of carbonation from soda.
And there are no downsides in terms of
Add juice to Seltzer and you've got 'Jeltzer'
Stop buying sugary sodas and "vitamin
enhanced waters" that only pack calories.
Instead you can mix 100% no-sugar
added juice with seltzer. Mix 1 part juice
with 3 parts seltzer to create this light
and bubbly concoction.
Fake a lemon-Lime Soda to satisfy your citrus fix!
Start with a glass of sparkling or seltzer water
and add a few slices of lemon or lime
(or both) and a dash of stevia-based
If you need caffeine, have a cup of coffee!
As if you didn't already know — coffee's
caffeine can help with mental alertness
and physical performance, as long as you
don't overdo it. Too much caffeine can
leave you jittery and anxious, so dietitians
generally recommend that you drink no
more than a couple of cups a day.
Refresh with a glass of coconut water!
Unsweetened coconut water is a natural
source of vitamins and minerals, and has
the added benefit of being low in sugar
(only 12 g per cup), according to estimates