03 Mar It’s Time to Rethink Your Drink
How does your drink stack up when it comes to sugar consumption? We have so many choices to quench our thirst that it’s easy to grab something outside of good ol’ water, but are we creating a health risk by doing so?
Hands-down, sugar is the number one food ingredient feeding disease in America, and unless you’re aware of how much sugar you consume you’re most likely exceeding the recommended limit of 25 grams of added sugar per day.
Looks can be very deceiving when it comes to soda, sport drinks, coffee and more and it’s all readily available. There’s a coffee shop on every corner, a gas station every mile marker and the refrigerator section of the grocery store is filled with hundreds of options to choose from.
As with any food item, we need to understand the quality of the drink we’re consuming and it all starts with the ingredient list and nutrition label. This one act of label reading will change your perspective and empower you to make wise, healthy choices. First, check for the number of servings per can/bottle. Secondly, check the grams of sugar per serving so you are aware of how much sugar you’re consuming. Lastly, check the ingredient list to see what forms of sugar are in your drink.
The World Health Organization suggests consuming no more than 25 grams of added sugar per day (sugar that has been added to a food, not including natural sugars found in fruits etc.). You often get twice this amount by drinking a coffee drink, soda, or sports drink. It’s time to rethink your drink!
Take one day at a time. If you’re selecting drinks that are high in sugar, replace one drink per day with water and stick with that plan for 7 days. Then, in week 2, replace another drink with water, and so on until you build up to 64 oz of water per day. You’ll find you have more energy, your mind will feel crisp and on task, and you’re cravings for sugar will naturally go away. Other benefits of removing sugary drinks from your diet include weight loss and increased health.
Are you up for the challenge? It’s time to rethink your drink and take one step every day to make it happen. You can do it!!
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1/2 cup blueberries
5 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 quart filtered water
Blend all ingredients and chill before serving.
Recipe compliments of “The Daily Essential Cookbook Collection: Lunch” by Angela Gaffney & Janielle Hultberg