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Danger Drinks and Healthy Alternatives
Healthy Eating Goes Beyond the Food You Eat
4/18/2009 3:39:06 PM
Anything you eat or drink to excess can be bad for you, even if that food or drink is otherwise healthy. That is sort of a "well, duh" kind of thing, isn't it? A small glass of soda with sugar now an then is probably OK. Forty or sixty ounces daily is probably not a good idea. The same is probably true of green tea.
I am a believer in eating real, whole foods when possible, rather than artifical sweeteners, dyes, subtitutes, replacements, etc., and a follower of the principle of "all things in moderation", the philosophy of the great Julia Child. She lived to be just a few days short of age 92, and was active to very near the end of her life.
So far it is working for me. I'm losing weight, and my blood pressure, cholesteral numbers, blood sugar, etc., are all in the healthy range. I try not to be fanatical about anything. Makes me happier, too.
BTW, if you eat or drink something sugary (even natural fruit sugar), and are concerned about tooth decay, brush your teeth after.
4/4/2009 8:47:26 AM
Altho many here seem to disagree, I have to give a nod to the V8 alternative to soda. When presented with the array of drink choices in the fridge at your local 7-11 or convenience store, it's definitely worth giving it a try. It quenches the thirst and is more filling than soda. I find that I get tired of water (even the flavored ones). V8 has helped me from "falling off the wagon" many times!
Although I love the article, very good for beginners I have to argue with the coffee topic. Scientists around the world have found that two cups of coffee to actually be healthy for the body; I think that is a well misunderstood drink that scientists are trying to break people from thinking. Research studies are available online - I urge people to search it out and find out more information. It will amaze!
I really don't like the idea of consuming artificial sweeteners. So instead of switching to diet soda, I've cut back my portions significantly - when I really want soda with a meal, I have a 6 ounce glass, with a big glass of water alongside it. That's not quite as good as a no-calorie drink, but it's a lot better than having a 16-ounce or larger soda with every meal!
There is something better now than regular V8. Vfusion. It has a full serving of vegetables AND fruit in every 8 oz.. serving. And it tastes really good. Way better than tomato juice. It comes in 3 or 4 flavors too.
One good alternative for alcoholic beverages is to ask that they be made with Splenda or another sugar substitute. So if you're out with friends and MUST have a margarita (or mojito--my personal fave), ask the server to make it with Splenda. You'll save yourself TONS of calories, and lose none of the taste. Just be sure to stop at one--otherwise the alcohol will get you :)
I used to drink regular soda many years ago, then I changed to diet soda. I used to have 1-2 glasses a day, but cut that back to 1 several times a week. The last few years I have hardly had any and am going to stop completely this year, as I have heard and read so many negative things about it.
As for V8, though, I don't know as I don't like tomato juice (or tomato soup, for that matter) but I do like tomatoes - weird!
I find I enjoy tea a whole lot. I have loose leaf tea I make and I have many varieties. I have it hot if I'd like to have coffee and iced if I want a cold drink like soda. It works for me thus far, and I've heard and read all sorts of good things about drinking tea.
Finally, an article of this type that didn't have all the healthy alternatives full of artificial sweetners! Seen way to many of those (not on Spark), lately, so it's nice to see one that has other alternatives. :)
1/16/2009 12:45:33 PM
Smoothie may seem healthy but can be very high calorie and when we "drink" food, our body has a harder time recognising when it is full. There are also concerns about the high levels of sugar causing tooth decay.
Just wanted to throw in my smoothie recipe. 1-1.5 cups of silk vanilla soymilk, 1 whole banana, 1 -2 cups of frozen berries ie strawberries, blackberries or blueberries. Tasty, the banana and the vanilla ensure that you don't need any added sugar. This actually makes enough for 2 servings but I usually drink it all myself but don't eat anything else for breakfast to compensate. Easy way to get 3 cups of fruit in my diet.
12/6/2008 4:56:13 PM
Ummm. Green tea is not as strong as a diuretic as coffee, but it is still a diuretic. Also, excessive ingestio of tannins can cause serious health problems. I know because I just wen tthrough this, and am still recovering. So, I guess, like everything else, the key is moderation.
i thought i would go through some major withdrawl when i quit the soda habit, but i barely noticed! i realized that it was all habit and comfort. it was a habit to drink soda with meals or in the evenings. instead i just started drinking all my water and having green tea every day. i miss the feel of the bubbles sometimes, but i tried a glass about a month after quitting and it really didn't tast that good anymore!
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