Sugar addiction is a modern problem very similar to tobacco, alcohol and drugs, just because the apparently innocent addiction, which is actually behind the development of many eating disorders and diseases.
Thinking about it, it is often too easy to point at carbonated beverages such as soda, coca, Sprite and so on. Unconsciously ignoring that even other sugary drinks are not limited to that category alone.
So what to avoid drinking? Here is the list: 15 sugary drinks that are not healthy
According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (USA), sugar-rich beverages make up more than 50% of the diet of an average American, alarming numbers that see a growth index, also in Europe, in correlation with the data obesity.
1 Hot chocolate
Nothing is better than a hot chocolate in winter, maybe with cream if we really want to imitate the average American people. Well, the average caloric index of a chocolate is around 250-400 calories, with a good 30-40 grams of sugar (of any type).
2 Cold tea
The tea is one of the healthiest drinks in nature, and in my opinion it is also one of the tastiest; there are several types of tea, from Karkadè, to green one, black one, white one etc. But the one already bottled tea can rarely be called such and it is not different from hot chocolate, with an average sugar amount around 30 grams. If you want a tea, put on a saucepan and choose a good brand in a sachet.
3 Coconut water
The premise is that coconut water is more an Energy drink than anything, so there is a veil of ambiguity about it. Coconut water boast several benefits such as strong moisturizing power and high levels of electrolytes, but a US-based consumer consultation service warns about added sugars in many products.
4 Energy Drink
The reason for the presence in this article of the Energy Drink, is linked to a recent research established by the prestigious newspaper AMA, which actually classifies the Energy Drinks that have more than 25 grams of sugar per serving as one of the main causes of cardiovascular risks if consumed regularly.
Probiotics are one of the best contributions that can be included in any diet thanks to their abundant benefits, but not many know that some of the yogurt on the market are full of sugars to sweeten the flavor, albeit with a lower average sugar, around 26 grams. Anyway this recommendation is not based on all yogurt, in fact there are brands that do not present such high quantities, but the addition of sugars is a growing trend in recent years, so always read the label.
6 Vegetable milk
With the boom of vegan diets, the industry has started offering a long range of vegetable milks (soy, almonds, rice, etc.) that too often reduce the benefits they offer for those who are lactose intolerant and fill them with sugar and consequently monstrously increasing its caloric intake. In essence, the purpose of this article is to encourage readers to inquire about products before purchase and we are not talking just the price tag.
7 Fruit juices
Our portal boasts of having discussed the undoubted benefits of many fruit juices, or even vegetables juice if we want to include red beet juice and carrot juice.
But it is well known that even if a juice is 100% fruit, the pitfalls are revealed in the form of preservatives, colorings, additives, and finally sugar.
Potentially a too sophisticated fruit juice turns out to be more harmful than any other drink on this list, so just prefer organic products. To give you a more precise idea in this regard, consider that a fruit already sweetened like grapes contains about 36 grams of sugar, which is not very far from the 44 grams contained in a lemonade. That said, we do not intend to discourage the consumption of fruit juices, but be always moderate. Always pay attention to the label.
More and more popular in slimming diets or for sports, these sweet fruit and vegetable milk shakes can be devastating even in the presence of the words "no added sugar" because the fruit already has a high sugaring power, so be careful with Smoothies.
9 Tonic water
Ignoring the name that does not at all reflect the healthiness of the drink, the tonic water does not offer any benefits over any glass of water, but it just adds 32 grams of sugar.
We are clearly talking about Starbucks, one of the world's largest coffeehouse multinational company. A Frappuccino, one of the drinks they supply, has 67 grams of sugar, and it clearly can not be confused with espresso as it comes to American coffee, definitely more “long”, but the comparison with carbonated drinks can still be done.
11 Sport Drinks
Sport Drinks differ from Energy Drinks because they are mainly used by athletes, who may or may not find them useful, but unless you really need that extra boost, the water is more than enough to hydrate.
12 Water "flavored" with fruit
The name may sound bizarre, but in reality it is precisely what it is. Mineral water with added sugar, vitamins and maybe a slight fruit flavor. Well, a liter can contain up to 7 teaspoons of sugar so do not be fooled. If you are looking for vitamins, mineral salts and taste, just prefer a natural alternative.
In a very simple and clear way, the lemonade contains three ingredients: water, lemon and sugar. The lemonade you go to buy at the supermarket is not the natural one we can make at home, and clearly we are not considering the sparkling lemonade.
According to a nutritionist from Chicago (USA), Renee Clerkin, an already bottled Margarita contains a lot of sugar, about two thirds of a cake.
We could not finish the article without talking about the Beer that, although it is still an alcoholic drink, it must be consumed in moderation for its caloric power, then forget fad diets, the consumption of beer should always be kept within certain limits.
Note: this list could go much further, with drinks more famous but also more "denigrate". In itself none of these sugary drinks is harmful in the natural state, but each company produces different products, so we repeat to pay close attention to the labels as if you would do for your health.