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The 15 Worst Drinks for Your Body

Water – even hot water – is indisputably the best drink for the body and mind. The problem is that it’s not particularly tasty. This is the difficult part with consuming everything deemed healthy. The drive for more satisfying beverages to quench thirst has led to the creation of coffee, soda, vitamin water, lattes – all of them which are slowly destroying you in ways you may start to feel years after continuous intake. 

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Fruit juice

Fruit juices in stores are pasteurized, which means that all nutrition that is heat- sensitive gets destroyed and what remains is just lots of sugar, Carly Pollack, certified clinical nutritionist, says. Fiber, which makes us full and slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, is gone. “The amount of sugar in just 8 oz. of apple juice is overwhelming,” she adds. In just about two seconds you’ve consumed 24 g of the sweet stuff.

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Hot chocolate

The problem is the corn syrup, Pollack says. This delicious hot drink, ideal for cold days, should be treated more like a dessert. Just one cup, even homemade, has about 200 calories and 25 grams of sugar, according to the USDA. This is more than the amount of sugar in 12 oz. of soda.

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Commercial iced tea

Iced teas are usually artificially sweetened. Also, Pollack says, they have caffeine. “Yes, less than in coffee, but people drink it all day long,” she adds. “Caffeine stresses the adrenal glands and actually creates a cycle where you feel more and more fatigued; therefore, you need more and more caffeine.” Too much of it can lead to arrhythmia, chest pain and even deathResearch has linked caffeine overdose to panic attacks.

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Energy drinks

They are notoriously bad for you. “Artificial colors, sugars and flavors that don’t even exist in real nature,” Pollack says. “Sugar dehydrates us and pulls energy from the body. The drink gives you a false and quick high after which you crash,” she adds. Your endothelial function is acutely worse after consuming the beverage, according to a study. They have organic acids that are potentially very erosive to dental enamel because of their ability to breakdown calcium.

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Lattes

A small size caffe latte at Starbucks contains 190 calories, 17 grams of sugar and 150 mg of caffeine. A small white chocolate mocha Frappuccino has 38 grams of sugar, and only a tiny portion of it comes from milk. Also, be honest, do you really get a small-size of anything at a coffee shop? You’re better off sticking to regular coffee with (steamed) milk.

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Sweet cocktails

They are horrible, Pollack says, because alcohol gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream increasing glucose quickly, and doesn’t get digested like normal food does. “Pair that with the sugar that spikes your blood sugar levels and now you’ve got a synergy of two evils […] and it’s like drinking a liquid candy bar,” she adds. “The clearer the liquor, the better.” One example is vodka mixed with seltzer and lime.

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Flavored water

“Most flavored waters have chemicals,” Pollack says. “If it’s cherry-flavored, it’s not like they put cherries into it.” Too much sugar is also an issue. The popular Vitamin Water packs about 120 calories and 32 grams of sugar, just about half as much as a regular Coke. But the drink doesn’t always have to be unhealthy, she adds. “You can find seltzers and naturally flavored water that is really just flavored with a little bit of fruit juice.”

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Beer

Beer has gluten in it, Pollack says. It makes you feel really full and bloated. Beer also has a lot more carbs than wine and more calories. Carbs coming from barley and wheat, which is what beer is mode of, have a high Glycemic Index, which means they cause a huge insulin spike, leading to more sugar being stored by the body, resulting in weight gain.

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Regular and diet soda

“Regular soda has a lot of sugar but diet is actually worse because it has artificial sweeteners,” Pollack says. “I often always joke when I give lectures: ‘Would you rather get fat from soda or cancer from diet soda?’” Experiments have shown that Aspartame, a popular artificial sweetener, can cause the development of cancerous cells in different parts of the body.

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All-fruit smoothies

“If they are just all fruit, then they are all just sugar,” Pollack says. “The worst drinks that people think are healthy is those Naked juices that you’ll find everywhere from a convenient store to an airport,” she adds. “If you look at the amount of sugar, it has the amount of sugar of over two candy bars.” Just one bottle has 53 grams of it.

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Lemonade

Too bad lemonade is not just lemon and water, Pollack says. “That would be great and you could sweeten it yourself.” But it’s typically laden with sugar, she adds. An 8 oz. cup of which has 100 calories – with fruit juices or artificial food dye added. Sweeteners add sugar to your blood, which helps produce fat. Drink a lot of water to minimize the effect.

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Sports drinks

Just because it says “sports” doesn’t mean what you’re consuming is good for you. A single drink can have as many as 5 teaspoons of sugar and a total of 90 calories, according to a study. Usually water, chocolate milk and a healthy snack is all you need for post-workout recovery. Find natural coconut water to help replenish electrolytes after a tough sweat session but check for added sugar as well.

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Milkshakes

“The problem is that you’re consuming a tremendous amount of calories but because you’re not chewing them, the body is tricked into eating way more than you would have if you were actually chewing something,” Pollack says. A milkshake can contain 800 calories – equivalent to half of what a person may intake in a day, she adds.

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Bottled coffee

The worst bottled coffee, according to a report, is the Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino. It’s equivalent to the sugar in 32 Nilla Wafers. “Consider this—along with Starbucks’ miniature Espresso and Cream Doubleshot—your worst option for a morning pickup.”

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Non-organic milk

It is loaded with chemicals which include pharmaceutical drugs and growth promoters like hormones and antibiotics, according to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Some fitness instructors don’t drink milk even though they use dairy products. The reason is that the drink after adolescence is “pointless when there are healthy ways to intake calcium, protein and fat without the worry of what went into the cow.”

The 15 Worst Drinks for Your Body