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Healthy Beverage Guidelines

Drink Up, But Drink the Right Stuff


  • On average I drink 4/1 liter bottles (refilled from my reverse osmosis system) daily and have no problem with that. I'm not going to give up my coffee though, especially in winter, regardless of recommendations, it's my one true "habit" so to speak and not one I care to break. As to the rest, I drink an 8oz glass of Plum Smart Light in the AM's daily or every other day and 1/2 cup of soy milk with my cereal daily. All in all I feel I do quite well in the water dept........considering even a year ago you could barely get me to touch the stuff :) - 12/2/2008 10:36:10 AM
  • This article lays out exactly types of beverages, their benefits and pitfalls AND recommended intake. Well done! - 9/24/2008 9:00:29 AM
    This list is superb and from personal experience works just fine.
    But what about soups - vegetable? Lentil? chicken?
    I really like them and drink them often. I consider them drinking if I take only the liquids. - 6/23/2008 5:32:27 AM
  • I"m a diet green tea drinker- I drink water, too, but I love my green tea! I know I probably don't drink enough water...but I count 2 of my green teas as part of my water intake. I'll knock that down to one eventually-

    - 6/19/2008 6:17:46 PM
  • Doh! And sorry - I asked a question. :-/

    But a great article and great reference material! Thanks. - 6/18/2008 4:05:46 PM
  • I tend to drink a lot of herbal tea, in particular, Stash Raspberry tea.

    There is no caffeine and the ingredients are listed in order: Hibiscus flowers, orange peel, lemongrass, rosehips, natural raspberry flavours, licorice powder and citric acid. Contains: soy.

    I don't add honey, sugar, stevia, milk, cream or anything else that one may put in tea. So where would this fall into the fluids chart?

    Thanks! - 6/18/2008 4:04:34 PM
  • Drinking more water daily has been a challenge for me. I drink about 1/2 of my daily water while exercising - especially now that it's heating up here. I DO drink 1-2 small bottles of CASCADE ICE to get the other half of my water servings in... It tastes like flavored pop but is actually carbonated water flavored with a little bit of fruit juice and has only 2 calories per serving... It has completely eliminated my cravings for pop. - 5/13/2008 4:22:46 PM
  • I had a hard time drinking that much water a day myself, so I started using the mix ins. It made drinking the water so much easier for me. I gradually started craving more regular water and quit using the mix ins as much. I really think for me that it helped me get into the habit of having and drinking water. Now as a treat or when I get the craving for something sweet, I'll grab a mix in and have a glass or two. - 4/17/2008 9:27:44 AM
  • Great article. - 4/17/2008 2:19:06 AM
  • In response to THE.FAT.CHICK:
    This water additions qualify as the same thing as level 4 on this list: Non-Caloric, Artificially-Sweetened Beverages - 3/31/2008 8:59:32 AM
    There is no real mention of water add-in's like Crystal Light, Water Sensations, etc. These have no calories, no caffeine and, in most cases, no sodium. I have been told by nutritionists that these are great to use to help you get your water in if you have real problems drinking water. - 3/28/2008 11:17:23 PM
  • I'm also curious about unsweetened carbonated water beverages like seltzer (e.g. Polar Seltzer). The ingredients say "carbonated water, natural flavors". I don't think they have any artificial sweeteners in them. - 3/24/2008 9:44:10 PM
    I was wondering about drinking Club Soda, is there any thing opinions on that. there is not any artificial sweeteners and it come in various flavors. I heard that it depletes Calcium, but then read about that and it said that it might not be the club soda, but instead the fact that you might be substituting club soda for the drinking of milk there by lowering your calcium intake . please respond to - 3/13/2008 6:42:22 PM
    I drink approximately 100 ounces of water, plus other liquids thorughout the day and it doesn't help me to lose weight. My body thermostat is also messed up and even in the winter I do a lot of sweating and still have trouble losing weight, do you have any other suggestions. I am in direct care in a state mental institution and I had my pedometer on and found out that I walked 8.5 miles in an 8 hour shift, not counting all the walking I do at home. - 1/12/2008 6:35:20 PM
    When I first started Spark I relied on diet soda and diet drink mixes (like Crystal Light) for my fluid intake--and I still didn't drink enough, but I didn't really like to drink water. After about a month I decided to eliminate caffeine and artificial sweeteners from my diet. For about the first week I drank a lot of unsweetened herbal tea, but after that I found myself drinking more and more water. My weight loss accelerated and I feel so much better without all of those chemicals in my body.

    If you are having trouble drinking enough water, try eliminating all of the other crap from your diet and you might find that you like water more than you thought you did. - 12/13/2007 6:10:59 PM

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