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Why You’re So Thirsty
Making Better Beverage Choices
It’s no secret that soda, alcohol, and even smoothies have high sugar content. In fact, drinking sugary beverages daily can actually increase your thirst rather than quench.
Counting calories in drinks are easier and simply require paying attention to the labels. They are listed right on the Nutrition Facts label, so you can see how many calories beverages actually contribute to your daily intake.
- Choose water, diet, or low-calorie beverages instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.
- For a quick and inexpensive thirst-quencher, carry a water bottle and refill it throughout the day.
- Try substituting diet soda with water 50% of the time will do wonders for your teeth, metabolism, and mood over a 30 day period.
- Smoothies can be high in sugar, Ask for a small over large size to reduce sugar intake.
- Talk with the entire family about reducing sugary soda intake together.
- Don’t “stock the fridge” with sugar-sweetened beverages. Keep a jug or bottles of cold water in the fridge.
- Serve water with meals.
- Make water more exciting by adding slices of lemon, lime, cucumber, or watermelon, or drink sparkling water.
- Add a splash of 100% juice to plain sparkling water for a refreshing, low-calorie drink.
- When you do opt for a sugar-sweetened beverage, go for the small size. Some 8-oz. cans and bottles of soda still contain about 100 calories.
- Be a role model for your friends and family by choosing healthy, low-calorie beverages.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sweeteners that add calories to a beverage go by many different names and are not always obvious. Some common caloric sweeteners are listed below.
- High-fructose corn syrup
- Fruit juice concentrates
- Corn syrup
If any of these above appear in the ingredients list of your favorite beverage, you are drinking a sugar-sweetened beverage. Read your labels and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
Content for this article provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.