Yes, your juice says it is made from juice, but is it really? Most juice is made by breaking down juice into its parts extracting the sugar and then saying the sugar is the juice – most juice is just flavor. You want juice- squeeze your own – don’t let someone else buy it for you.
Five hour doesn’t have anything in it that will give you five hours of energy – it is a fraud. Some of those drinks have ingredients that can cause, and have, a fatal heart attack. Want energy – then drink water, get sleep, and do some exercise.
Drinks with artificial sweetener and Soda :
Artificial sweeteners are far sweeter than sugar – as a result your body will seek to balance those flavors with salt, bitter, sour, and savory – in other words, you will eat more food. The more of that big drink you have, the more you will eat- and it doesn’t matter that you switched from sugar filled drinks to artificial sweeteners. Soda – just no reason to have that on any healthy list at all.
Instead of soda: water
Coffee with stuff in it:
I know, you like going to your local coffee shop and having some carmel flavored with hints of vanilla and hazelnut. What you are drinking is more calories than in most deserts. So stop. You want coffee- get coffee. You like a bit of flavor, then use some flavoring that you bring, and not the highly sugared items they sell you for more. At my local coffee shop the average cup of coffee has over 350 calories — when I make mine, at home – with cream and sugar it is 30 calories.
Ice Tea Mix, or Ice Tea:
First, if you get a powder and put it into water, mostly you are getting sugar and flavoring, not real tea. Here is a recipe for ice tea:
Recipe: Heat water to just under boiling. Place tea into water – and allow to steep for four minutes for strong tea. Remove tea. Pour tea into container filled with ice, allow to sit for one minute. Stir.
You will get much better tea (try Yorkshire Gold- it really is the best tea in a bag – and I am not paid to say that).
Save your money and your calories for good drink: like wine.
Dr. Terry Simpson
Dr. Terry Simpson received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago where he spent several years in the Kovler Viral Oncology laboratories doing genetic engineering. He found he liked people more than petri dishes, and received his MD. Dr. Simpson, then became a renowned weight loss surgeon, and a leading advocate of culinary medicine. The first surgeon to become certified in Culinary Medicine, he advocates teaching people to improve their health through their food. On the other side of the world, he has been a leading advocate of changing health care to make it more "relationship based," and his efforts awarded his team the Malcom Baldrige award for healthcare in 2011 for the NUKA system of care in Alaska. A frequent contributor to media outlets discussing health related topics and advances in medicine, he is also a proud dad, husband, author, cook, and surgeon “in that order.” For media inquiries, please visit www.terrysimpson.com.