Water makes up more than half of our body weight. Every cell in our body needs water to function correctly.
That’s why it is important to stay hydrated. Although all beverages help with hydration by providing some water, certain beverages are better choices than others.
Water doesn’t have calories or sugar, while the average 355 ml can of sugar-based fizzy drinks, for instance, contains 39 grams of sugar – the equivalent of scooping 10 teaspoons into our morning cup of coffee – and 140 calories, all of them from sugar. Consuming too many calories can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease and diabetes.
Regarding fruit juice, milk and diet drinks, there are a few points to keep in mind. First, fresh fruit juice contains no added sugars, but it has kept the calories from natural sugars and lost the fibre found in fresh fruit. However, it can still be part of a healthy diet in moderation. Fruit drinks, on the other hand, contain added sugars without the same nutritional value as 100% juice.
Milk is a nutrient-rich drink (especially the low-fat or fat-free type). Similarly to 100% fruit juice, milk contains natural sugars.
When it comes to diet drinks, we need to know that - even if they are lower in calories - they have no nutritional value and would only be good as an alternative to sugary drinks.
Water is an optimal choice to meet our body’s fluid needs. Find ways to make your water more enjoyable: drink it ice cold, sparkling, with a twist of lemon or other fruit.
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