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Healthy Beverage Guidelines

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  • It seems odd to me that whole and 2% milk, which contain protein, calcium, and a host of vitamins are not recommended at all, even sparingly, but "caloric, sweetened beverages without nutritional benefit" like sodas are ok to drink daily. That seems backwards, despite the slightly higher caloric content of whole and 2% milk... - 8/25/2010 9:19:26 AM
  • Can someone answer a question for me? I used to be hooked on diet coke; however, I have cut back to about one or two 12 ounce cans a day (compared to 8 - 10 a day). I have never liked nor been able to drink plain water, as there is no flavor to it and I like flavored drinks. Thus, to get me to drink water, I have started purchasing the Crystal Light artificial flavor drink packets that are about 5 calories per serving, as well as the Sugar Free Hawaiian Punch drink packets. Both of these items recommend that you combine the packet with a 16.9 fl oz bottle of water; however, I combine them with either a 24 oz or 32 oz water bottle. Is this ok for me or is this hindering me? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance. - 6/9/2010 9:44:02 AM
    I start the day with a mug of hot water with fresh lemon in it.

    I try to keep off coffee and drink green tea.

    Try to increase my water intake but find it hard.
    Take a bottle of water to bed with me, but dont always drink it.
    All suggestions gratefully received.
    Love Susie Dixon in the UK
    - 2/26/2010 6:04:16 AM
  • I am confused.... I believe I am retaining fluids(will see Dr. in 2 weeks) should I still be drinkin 96 oz of water a day?? - 1/9/2010 11:10:38 PM
  • VANHORN442000
    I'm 21 years old and have probably never had more than 5 full glasses of water in my life! I can not stand to drink it because I honestly am a soda-aholic and feel that water is so bland compared to what I am used to. I don't drink coffee or tea so I'm okay in that area but the soda is insane! What can I do to try and ease off of it?
    ~GP~ - 12/29/2009 8:51:26 PM
  • I like putting True Lemon in my water once in awhile during the day the rest can be just water no favor.... - 12/20/2009 5:14:20 PM
    This helps ALOT. There are times that I'm drinking so much water that I feel a wee sick to my stomach. I've found that just drinking something else between my water helps. Now I know that I can count some of these liquids as well. - 11/17/2009 11:19:45 PM
  • Thanks to SP, I have become a water drinker. I drink 8 cups of water nearly everyday. I'm not a coffee or tea drinker anymore. I actually enjoy the fresh taste of plain water! - 10/12/2009 4:32:09 PM
  • Wonderful article. Do miss the sodas I used to drink. - 9/24/2009 2:03:28 PM
  • VERY INFORMATIVE!!! Thanks, Becky
    Through SP I have learned to be a water drinker. As kids, we were never allowed to have water with a meal, only milk. My dad said water was not a food and we shouldn't wash our food down with water. And to this day I don't enjoy water with a meal. - 9/24/2009 10:56:12 AM
  • Great article! The way I read this article, a person should limit total caloric intake from beverages to around 200 daily. With Crystal Light being just 5 calories, I'm in NO danger of messing up my diet by having a couple a day!

    Besides, the Crystal Light is what has me reaching for the water! I drink one with the mix-in with breakfast, then drink two 16.9 oz. bottles of water (plain) throughout the morning and at lunch. In the afternoon, when I really need a pick-me-up, I pull out another packet and have another bottle of water. My fifth (and sometimes sixth) bottle comes at night when I'm home, which is usually served plain.

    I've lost 25 lbs in the past 5 months, and giving up ALL soda (and even icees) to drink Crystal Light and Water has been instrumental! I'm a FIRM believer in the power of water! - 12/2/2008 2:07:27 PM
  • 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

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