Why Are Water, Milk, and Juices Good For My Health?

If you look on the back of a soda can or a bottle you’d be astounded at the amount of calories in one glass of soda. And, when buying those value size 20-ounce bottles, you probably didn’t notice that each one contains two and a half servings. So when you drink the entire bottle, you are taking in almost triple the amount of calories.

Here are some alternatives that won’t be adding hundreds of extra calories to your healthy eating plan each day. You are probably familiar with all of them. Maybe it’s time to get reacquainted.

Water is the healthiest drink you can have. It contains no calories. Most people say that it has no flavor, but depending on your region or what type of water you have, some people like the taste of some water over others. Bottle, tap, well or carbonated, water is still good for you.

If you can’t drink it straight, spruce it up with a flavor packet. Just about every juice company has created drink crystals that can be added to water bottles for the same great taste as soda or juice but without the added calories.

Milk contains calcium and vitamins A and D. Calcium is needed for strong bones and teeth. Milk is also filling to the body, especially when you drink it warm. You can buy low-fat chocolate milk if you prefer that taste better. All milk contains these healthy vitamins and minerals but low-fat or skim is better as far as fat and calories go. For those who are lactose intolerant, try soy varieties.

Tea, especially green tea, has been praised for its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants fight the free radical damage inside the body. Herbal teas contain ingredients that work to ease stomach pain, cramps, headaches, nausea and help calm you after a hard day. As long as you use a sugar substitute or very little sugar, the caloric damage is next to nil. Choose hot or iced teas depending on what strikes your fancy.

Juice has both good and bad points. Vegetable juices like V-8 usually have no artificial ingredients. It can lack sweetness but you can overcome that by juicing your own vegetables to capture more of the natural sugars.

With fruit juices, the calorie count can be high. If you choose 100 percent juice and limit your intake to one cup, you will reap the vitamin benefits of the fruit.

What you drink is just as important as what you eat. Choose healthier drinks so that the majority of your calories are coming from food.