What you drink can contain more calories than an entire meal, not to mention a lot of sugar, artificial ingredients and other unhealthy additives.
The best drink to have is water. But we understand that sometimes water is really boring. If you’re tired of plain water or just want something with more flavor, you should at least get in the habit of reading labels and recognizing unhealthy drinks.
Table of Contents
- Recognizing unhealthy drinks: harmful ingredients.
- Soft drinks are very unhealthy because of their chemical content
- Liquid coffee creamer can cause digestive problems
- Energy drinks are loaded with chemicals
- Artificial substances in sports drinks and electrolyte replacement drinks
- Too much coffee can cause health problems
- Slushies are unhealthy drinks: learn why
- Unhealthy drinks: beware of Bloody Marys
- Bottled water gets BPA from plastic bottle
- Unhealthy drinks: cola is known to be harmful
- Iced tea can lead to cardiovascular problems
Recognizing unhealthy drinks: harmful ingredients
Try to avoid drinks that contain large amounts of sugar, chemicals, artificial sweeteners and colors, and other additives like high fructose corn syrup.
Below we show you some popular but unhealthy drinks to avoid.
Soft drinks are very unhealthy because of the chemical content.
It should come as no surprise that sodas, soft drinks and diet sodas are some of the worst drinks you can offer your body, whether you are drinking a regular or diet drink. Both have been linked to weight gain and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Diet soda is full of chemicals like artificial sweeteners. It contains fewer calories than regular soda, but recent research has linked artificial sweetener consumption to health risks such as stroke and dementia.
Regular sodas contain large amounts of calories , sugar and corn syrup. They have also long been linked to diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, weak bones, obesity and other weight-related diseases.
If you can’t kick your habit, make an effort to limit consumption, find healthier alternatives, and eventually eliminate soda from your diet.
Liquid coffee creamer can cause digestive problems
Coffee whiteners may taste delicious, but many of them contain nothing but chemicals like artificial flavors and sweeteners, preservatives, and thickeners that can cause inflammation and digestive problems. They also often contain partially hydrogenated oils or trans fats, which have been shown to increase the risk of heart disease and can also impair memory.
Try flavoring your coffee with more natural alternatives. Look for coffee whiteners made with coconut or almond milk instead of oils and artificial ingredients – even when flavored, they often contain only 2 grams of sugar per serving. Or try unsweetened coconut milk and a few drops of flavored stevia.
Energy drinks are loaded with chemicals
Energy drinks are notorious for containing artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners. Anything loaded with chemicals will not provide any health benefits to your body. One of the main ingredients in these drinks is often sucrose – simple sugars – so these drinks are no healthier than a soda. They also often contain citric acid, which can attack tooth enamel.
Artificial substances in sports drinks and electrolyte replacement drinks.
These drinks contain artificial colors and sweeteners that simply cannot be considered food. Non-athletes who want to replenish their fluid levels after a sweaty fitness class should drink water or unflavored coconut water, which is a natural source of electrolytes and usually contains fewer additives.
Too much coffee can lead to health problems
We love our coffee, and like alcohol, coffee in moderation offers some health benefits. Research suggests that moderate caffeine consumption can help protect brain cells and reduce the risk of neurological diseases like stroke and dementia. However, too much of a good thing can also be harmful, and coffee is no exception. Too much caffeine can lead to negative effects such as increased heart rate, heartburn, nervousness, anxiety, gastrointestinal distress, muscle twitching, headaches, dehydration and insomnia.
This is true for caffeine from all sources. So if you drink coffee in the morning, a soda at lunch and an energy drink in the afternoon, you are exposing yourself to numerous health problems.
And if you order a flavored latte with whipped cream, you’re basically drinking your dessert. One Grande Caramel Frappuccino contains 66 grams of sugar – that’s like eating two pieces of chocolate cake.
Slushies are unhealthy drinks: learn why
You probably already know that slushies are sugar mines, but we bet you had no idea that they are often filled with mold! We know that’s totally gross, but it’s true! According to numerous fast food and convenience store employees, the machines where slushies are stored and mixed are rarely – if ever – cleaned. “The amount of mold in those machines would grind your childhood to a pulp,” admitted one former gas station employee. If the calorie count and high sugar content aren’t enough to turn you off slushies, maybe this information will.
Unhealthy drinks: beware of bloody marys
They may be a staple for brunch, but beware! Like tomato juice, Bloody Marys are often soaked in sodium, which can add up to 1000 milligrams per large glass. Since hangover symptoms are often exacerbated when you’re dehydrated, consuming a sodium-laden beverage isn’t doing your body any favors.
Bottled water gets BPA from plastic bottle.
It’s not the water that’s the problem here, but the BPA in the bottle. BPA is a hormone-like chemical found in almost all food packaging plastics, and it’s potentially harmful. According to some research, the chemical can promote cancer and make people infertile. Buy a BPA-free refillable bottle to stay hydrated on the go.
Unhealthy drinks: cola is known to be harmful
Coke is one of the soft drinks, but we’d like to mention it separately as well. Not only does it contribute to weight gain and obesity-related diseases like diabetes, but its acidity is also bad for your digestive system and tooth enamel. And there’s more bad news to come: the caramel color in cola contains a man-made phosphorus that can have long-term negative effects on bone health, experts warn. In addition, researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found that caramel color contains carcinogens.
Iced tea can lead to cardiovascular problems
Iced tea from fast food soaked with propylene glycol alginate is an absolute no-go in our eyes! Propylene glycol alginate is a food thickener, stabilizer and emulsifier that can cause cardiovascular or neurotoxic problems. (It’s also, chemically speaking, not too far removed from propylene glycol, which is also known as antifreeze for cars).