5 Reasons You Should Rethink That Sugary Drink

Start asking yourself if that drink is really worth it


Is that drink really worth it? We all should start asking ourselves that question. Sugary drinks are damaging on our bodies, they cause harm to our hearts, aid in obesity and affect our physical appearance.

According to nyc.gov, “Americans now consume 200 to 300 more calories each day than we did 30 years ago; more than half of those excess calories come from sugar-sweetened drinks.”

We all know that soda is bad for us, but maybe we didn’t know… fruit and sport drinks are just as bad! The problem with fruit drinks is that they usually don’t contain very much fiber. But, they contain a lot of sugar! A 12 ounce cup of orange juice has 165 calories and 39 grams of sugar (Authority Nutrition)!

Do you hydrate with Gatorade before your workout? You may want to re think that. A 32 ounce Gatorade has about 14 teaspoons of sugar!

Below is some Reasons Why You Should Rethink That Sugary Drink.

Tip: Hydrate with water.


1. Raises Risk of Heart Disease


Too much sugar can aid in the risk of developing heart disease. Sugar damages your Cholesterol and Triglycerides, potentially leading you to the development of Lipid Disorder. This can put you at serious risk for a heart attack and stroke.


2. Causes Insulin Resistance


According to the Joslin Diabetes Center, “Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that helps unlock the body's cells so that sugar (glucose) from the food we eat can be used by the cells for energy.”  Therefore, too much sugar can cause your body to reject insulin, eventually leading to diabetes and heart disease.


3. Raises Risk of Obesity


Too much sugar causes weight gain. Lack of insulin causes our metabolism to slow down. Sugar addiction can also occur; just like any drug, you can form an addiction. Therefore, causing you to consume too much, leading to an increase in your weight. According to nyc.gov, “A kid’s risk of becoming obese increases by 60% for every additional sugary drink consumed per day.” So, stay away from those sugary drinks, they are only causing you harm.


4. Harmful to Teeth


Did you know sugary drinks can cause major issues with your teeth? Well they can! Sugary drinks can cause cavities, gum disease and a buildup of plaque on teeth. Keep your teeth healthy and stick with water!


5. Calories


Consuming too many calories can lead to serious health issues.  According to Harvard T.H. Chan, “Children and youth in the US averaged 224 calories per day from sugary beverages in 1999 to 2004—nearly 11% of their daily calorie intake. (15) From 1989 to 2008, calories from sugary beverages increased by 60% in children ages 6 to 11, from 130 to 209 calories per day, and the percentage of children consuming them rose from 79% to 91%.”


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