Choosing Healthy Foods and Beverages

Choosing your beverages

It is important to know the nutrient and calorie content of the beverages you consume in order to choose wisely. This information can be obtained in different ways, including product labels.

The following tips will help you choose your beverages:

  • Drink water regularly. Water is the best drink to quench thirst, and it contains no calories. Drink more water when it is hot or when you are physically active.
  • Drink milk and milk alternatives, like enriched soy or almond milk, which are healthy choices.
  • Limit your intake of fruit juices, even if they are 100% pure. Although they have some nutritional benefits, they contain a lot of sugar and can quickly add a large amount of sugar to your diet. It’s better to eat fresh fruits.
  • Avoid consuming sugary drinks, such as soft drinks, fruit drinks or sports drinks, on a daily basis. Given that they have little or no nutritional value and the calories they contain are added to the ones already in your diet, these sugary drinks should only be consumed occasionally.

Warning About Energy Drinks

Avoid drinking energy drinks regularly. They contain a lot of sugar, and their high caffeine content may have undesirable side effects.

Furthermore, energy drinks are not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, children and people who are sensitive to caffeine. Also, they should not be mixed with alcohol.

On top of the risk of developing a dependency on energy drinks; they can also cause:

  • Nervousness
  • Agitation
  • Disrupted sleep
  • Headaches
  • Palpitations
  • Nausea 

Last update: November 29, 2016 1:08 PM

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