Five Drinks You Shouldn’t Buy


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.

When you think of concentrated Orange juice you probably think about something like this


But if you thought about it you realize they would reasonably get rid of the peel and they do


Under the peel of the orange is some bitter pulp and in most juices you don’t want to have this

The beautiful inside of an orange – this must be what they put into the concentrate.

Sugar – its just sugar. What they do is concentrate to the sugar – then add artificial flavors to make it taste like juice – but they can say they used an orange

Energy Drinks:

It doesn’t last 5 hours, and it doesn’t have any energy in it

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 sweetners increase appetiteArtificial 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:


Buy this type of coffee – real, not liquid dessert

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).


Get real tea- like Yorkshire gold, and make your own ice tea. Its easy, it costs less, and you will have fewer calories and REAL TEA

Save your money and your calories for good drink: like wine.

Dr. Terry Simpson About 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 went to medical school. Dr. Simpson, a weight loss surgeon is an advocate of culinary medicine. The first surgeon to become certified in Culinary Medicine, he believes teaching people to improve their health through their food and in their kitchen. 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 Malcolm Baldrige award for healthcare in 2011 for the NUKA system of care in Alaska and in 2013 Dr Simpson won the National Indian Health Board Area Impact Award. 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

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  1. Shirley Capes says:

    Judy ,I have an additional tip for all readers, old plastic ice cube trays, pour to rim with
    Your favorite tea, let cool, place in freezer, when serving iced tea, use the frozen cubes
    And your tea will last longer and look better. I’m off all sugar, so use Sevia,
    It’s a very good way to make your meal so much more attractive and will last longer.

  2. JessicaGottlieb says:

    Love it. I always tell folks I’m basically like Jesus. I drink water and wine (well these days I’m sipping some scotch too). My kids are water drinkers too. Huzzah!

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