Do you really know what you’re imbibing? Here’s a list of 6 drinks that might make you think twice before taking another sip:
- Although a solid alternative to traditional dairy milk, lactose-free, and rich with omega-3’s, soy milk has been linked to prostate and breast cancer due to phytoestrogen. It has also been linked to infertility in some animal studies.
Store-Bought Orange Juice
- A 2008 study found that, on average, drinking one glass of orange juice raised a person’s risk for diabetes by 24%. Aside from the sugar content, most commercial orange juice is completely pasteurized and barely made from natural ingredients.
- Home brewed tea has roughly the equivalent of 20 times more polyphenols and anti-oxidants than bottled tea. Usually these cancer-fighting ingredients are bitter to the taste, so mass manufacturers scrap the good stuff for the sweet sugar found in almost all bottled tea.
- A typical glass of processed fruit juice has the same amount of sugar as six apples––without the fiber and enzymes the liver needs to break down the sugar. Pasteurized juice lacks nutrients found in fresh squeezed juice. Bottom line: it’s better to stick with eating the real thing.
- If you’re not working out intensely, skip the sports drinks. Although they’re filled with electrolytes and potassium, it will just be excess if your body doesn’t need it, not to mention the sugar, carbs, and calories your body would absorb in the process. Feeling thirsty? Drink water.
- There are a number of reasons not to drink diet soda. A recent study has shown that over the course of 10 years, people who drank diet soda on a regular basis were more likely to have a stroke, heart attack, or develop cardiovascular disease.
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