By: Braden Russell Brown
Today, I’m going to talk to you about drinks that are healthy, along with drinks that are unhealthy for you. First off, some of the worst drinks that people consume daily consist of: Pop/soda, coffee, Gatorade, Powerade, sports drinks, etc. Most of these drinks contain high levels of sugar, artificial sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup, and many more harmful and fattening ingredients. So far, the leading drink with the most calories, is the Burger King Chocolate Ice Cream Shake with an shaky 950 calories. Most fast food restaurants serve food and drinks that are filled with sweeteners and sugar, which can some day come back to bite you.
You may not think it now, but years down the road from now, you will be affected by all the things that you have eaten or drank in the past. People who drink lot’s of pop daily, will run the risk of having strokes, kidney stones, and even dementia. In 2002, a UCLA study found that consuming excessive amounts of sugar reduces the production of the brain chemical called brain-derived neurotrophic factor. Without BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor), our brains can’t form new memories, and we can’t learn or remember much of anything. Pop doesn’t only cause weight gain, but it also weakens your heart, lungs, bones, and can corrode your teeth.
On the other side, you can drink healthier, with drinks that don’t contain nearly as many sweeteners or artificial flavors. Some healthier drinks consist of: Pomegranate Juice, Low Fat Milk, Green Tea, Orange Juice, Beet Juice, Kale Juice, Lemon Juice, Ginger Tea, Cranberry Juice, and surprisingly Hot Chocolate. Each craving drink listed, doesn’t contain nearly as much sugar as all of the other drinks do. In fact, the most amount of calories that you will consume out of these drinks, would be a maximum of 200 calories. Most of these drinks contain the things that people are recommended to consume daily like: Nutrients, Vitamin A and C, Antioxidants, Calcium, Vitamin D, and a lot of other healthy things.
I’m not saying that it is the end of the world if you have a pop or energy drink every now and again, but try to avoid drinking them regularly. You should be able to enjoy a nice fizzy pop ever once in awhile, but for the most part, try to stick to the juices and teas. You will notice a change after drinking healthier refreshments. By drinking healthier, not only will you feel better, but you will look better as well.
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